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NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, was released in September 2009. The book discusses theories and scientific aspects of parenting.

Topics by Chapter[edit]

The following is a break down of what the book covers in each chapter with quotations from the table of contents.


Cary Grant is at the door.

A story about people attending a night club who assume the door man must be a Cary Grant impersonator because they could not imagine the real Cary Grant being there.


Why our instincts about children can be so far off the mark.

Why we often see only what we expect to find even when it is far from the truth.

The inverse power of praise[edit]

Sure, he's special. But new research suggests if you tell him that, you'll ruin him. It's a neurobiological fact.

This chapter also discussed research that the type of praise between praising for being smart and working hard has different effects.

The lost hour[edit]

Around the world, children get an hour less sleep than they did thirty years ago. The Cost: IQ points, emotional well-being, ADHD, and obesity.

Why white parents don't talk about race[edit]

Does teaching children about race and skin color make them better off or worse?

Why kids lie[edit]

We may treasure honesty, but the research is clear. Most classic strategies to promote truthfulness just encourages kids to be better liars.

The search for intelligent life in kindergarten[edit]

Millions of kids are competing for seats in gifted programs and private schools. Admission officers say it's an art: new sciences says they are wrong, 73% of the time.

The sibling effect[edit]

Freud was wrong. Shakespeare was right. Why siblings really fight.

The science of teen rebellion[edit]

Why, for adolescents, arguing with adults is a sign of respect, not disrespect—and arguing is constructive to the relationship, not destructive.

Can self-control be taught?[edit]

Developers of a new kind of preschool keep losing their grant money—the students are so successful they're no longer "at-risk enough" to warrant further study. What's their secret?

Plays well with others[edit]

Why modern involved parenting has failed to produce a generation of angels.

Why Hannah talks and Alyssa doesn't[edit]

Despite scientists' admonitions, parents spend billions every year on gimmicks and video, hoping to jump-start infant's language skills. What's the right way to accomplish this goal?


The Myth of the Supertrait


  • ISBN 0446504122

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