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The central premise of this book is that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are
in fact backfiring – because key twists in the science have been overlooked. NurtureShock has been featured on Good Morning America, Nightline, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and in Newsweek.

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See also "Forget Brainstorming," our companion piece on tips to foster creativity, and "How Creative Are You?," a web gallery of creativity-test drawings evaluated by scholars.

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NurtureShock Columns

During the fall of 2009, we wrote over 90 columns for, pushing further into the surprising science of child development. Here
are some of the most popular columns.

Why Teenagers Are Growing Up So Slowly Today
Does sheltering teens from risks slow brain development?

Shocking Leaps in IQ
How can cheap board games boost intelligence more than an entire year in school?

What Do Preschools Have in Common with Bridges and Airports?
Clusters of kids weren't learning to read - until scientists discovered the hidden cause.

What Do Children Understand About God?
We assume religion affects our parenting. In fact, our parenting style alters how children conceive of God.

The Neuroscience of Children’s Passions
Why dopamine makes such a difference in how fast kids learn

Why the Marshmallow Test Might Be All Fluff
Supposedly, preschoolers' delay of gratification predicts SAT scores 14 years later. But the spoonful of evidence doesn't justify the hype.

How Biased Science led to Emotional Intelligence curriculum in all UK Schools
A re-analysis of the pilot study that led to Emotional Intelligence becoming the UK's new national education strategy.

A Cure for ADHD?
25% of kids lose their ADHD symptoms after a tonsillectomy. Now why would that be?

New Evidence on Whether 5-Year-Olds Should Redshirt Kindergarten
According to Outliers, savvy parents give kids a comparative advantage by holding them out of kindergarten until they are six. New, better science explains why that's wrong.

Does Labeling Behavior as "Bullying" Hide the Real Problem?

New science on how bullies choose victims.

The Social Hierarchy of Preschoolers
Why socially dominant behavior has different meaning in September than in February.

-for more, scroll down.

Videos to Watch:

The Official Book Trailer:

Ashley's performane at Pop Tech:

The Nightline Episode on Praise (not embedded - this will take you to Nightline's web site.)
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Best of NurtureShock, cont'd:

Why Teens Insist “Everyone Else is Doing it!”
They’re wrong, but here’s why it’s so hard to convince them.

Kids' Food Allergies Are Skyrocketing – But Is the Spike Real?
Confusion and awareness may be part of it. But international data suggests the increases are genuine.

Spare the Rod, But Don’t Spoil the Child
New research shows that now up to 20% of teens were never spanked their entire childhood. The mystery is, why aren’t these kids turning out best?

How We Got Pulled Into a War Between Rush Limbaugh and Maureen Dowd
Our article, which argued not to talk to kids about race in code, was itself accused of speaking in code.

Predicting Success at College
A massive analysis of college grades discovers that the SAT is twice as good as everyone thought.

Teaching Math with a Wave of a Hand
Smart people gesture more when they talk. Now, research suggests that teaching kids to gesture could improve their brain function.

By Third Grade, Black Students Who Self Segregate Are More Popular
How the science of popularity has provided an entirely new perspective on an important social issue.
Why Taking Tests in a Crowded Room Means Lower Scores
When it comes to success in school, kids do better when the competition is personal.

A Five-Minute Intelligence Test for Kids
If you can discern kids’ IQ this simply, what does that say about nascent intelligence?

Are Good Deeds a License to Misbehave?
Why you walk into a diner thinking about a salad, but end up ordering the cheeseburger.

In Defense of Children Behaving Badly
Why we can’t predict little kids’ futures based on misbehavior.

Teens Who Feel More Peer Pressure Turn Out Better, Not Worse
Dr. Joe Allen explains why vulnerability to peer pressure is a good thing, in the long run.

Why Going to a Diverse School Doesn’t Lead to Diverse Friendships
The four factors needed to foster more cross-racial friendships.

New Research: Blaming Others is Contagious
How just watching a pundit on the news can instantly change the way families interact.

Talking Toddlers
Seven Tips to Help Develop Language Skills

How Not to Helicopter
Overall, being involved in children’s lives is great for them – so where’s the fine line between making the Kool-Aid and drinking it?

-for complete list of all columns, click here

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About the Authors

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s New York
articles on the science of parenting won the magazine journalism award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Clarion Award. Their articles for Time Magazine have won the award for outstanding journalism from the Council on Contemporary Families. Prior to collaborating, Bronson authored five books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller What Should I Do With My Life? Merryman’s journalism has appeared in The Washington Post and The National Catholic Reporter.

Bronson lives in San Francisco, with his wife and two children. Merryman lives in Los Angeles, where she runs a church-based tutoring program for inner-city children.

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About the Publisher

Twelve LogoTwelve Books, a division of the Hachette Book Group, was established in 2005 with the mission to publish 12 books a year that enliven the national conversation, with each book getting the full attention of its publisher, from acquisition through publication. Sean Desmond is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. Brian McLendon is Associate Publisher.

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