Sunday, December 25, 2011

Kim-Jong Eun's brain

It's hard to know how Kim-Jong Un will react to his new role. Indeed, his brain might not be quite ready for having access to the nuclear button, as I told the Washington Post.

Considering his father's absolute power, it's quite possible that the younger Kim has had little or no significant stress in his early childhood. This is a bad thing, as we wrote in Welcome To Your Child's Brain. Small, manageable stresses in a child's life build his capacity to deal with large stresses in adulthood...such as staying calm in a faceoff with the West.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Autism is on the rise...or is it?

There's a popular belief that autism is on the rise. But what if in years past, cases were not recognized or classified differently? Read this excellent article in the Los Angeles Times. It's an excellent piece of journalism that illustrates an idea that is commonplace among researchers - but not immediately obvious. Further commentary here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

For Chinese readers - Wang Sheng-Hung

For Chinese readers, check out this piece in the World Journal on Wang Sheng-Hung, otherwise known as Sam Wang. If you're using Google Translate...ignore the statement that the book is a "brain resuscitation manual"!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Dyslexia, ADHD, and adolescence - on WNYC today

Last time on WNYC's Leonard Lopate show, Sandra and I got so many calls that Lopate couldn't ask his own questions. Today we're back for more. Tune in today, 1:20 to 2 pm Eastern time, for our return engagement!