Siegel, Daniel J.  (1999).  Developing Mind. (EN-0173)
Guilford Publications, Inc.  ISBN: 1572304537
Editorial reviews from amazon.com.
Illuminating how and why neurobiology matters, this book integrates the latest findings from the fields of attachment research, memory, emotion, neuroscience, genetic research, and child psychopathology. Siegel sets forth a compelling new framework for understanding the human mind and its development. How do interpersonal experiences shape the structure and function of the brain? How does brain activity affect what we feel, know, and remember? From neurons and brain circuitry to parent-child communication, the volume explores how mental functioning emerges within the context of emotionally connected relationships. Readers gain a scientific foundation for understanding how specific emotional and social experiences can help or hinder development, foster well-being and resilience, and build the cognitive abilities essential for effective learning to take place. A wealth of clinical case examples and observational vignettes enhance the volume's utility.
The mind is a fascinating but not a simple subject. Siegel's current, thorough, closely argued text will reward those who stick with it. A psychiatrist specializing in children and families, Siegel is intrigued by the processes of human development and the relationships between individuals. The broad field of neurobiology has many theories, much data, and a variety of viewpoints to offer the lifelong student, and accordingly, Siegel presents a vast amount of material, carefully ordered in sequence of presentation to point up the lessons it has to teach. Genetics and experience help produce the mind, he shows, but also combine and react with each other. One of Siegel's major gifts is for presenting anatomical, neurological, research, and clinical information while still pointing out what remains unknown. He explores infant-parent relationships, emotions, states of mind, and how knowing about them can help one improve one's relationships and capabilities for developing successfully. William Beatty
Book News, Inc.
Siegel (psychiatry, U. of California-Los Angeles) explores how interpersonal relationships influence the genetically programmed unfolding of the human mind. He synthesizes material from several fields, including attachment, memory, emotion, neuroscience, genetics, and psychopathology; and addresses professionals and students concerned with any of them. -- Copyright © 1999 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR All rights reserved