The Brain of a Baby

  • Richard Clutterbuck


What kind of person a baby becomes is governed by the development of its brain. A saint or a criminal, Shakespeare or a moron, Sir Bobby Charlton or a football hooligan? This story is not decreed in advance by God; it is the product of billions of occurrences and influences from the time of conception, in the womb, after birth and through life — nature or nurture? Genes or environment? Both. But two things can be said for certain: from the moment of birth, the influences of other humans, above all of the parents, are biggest of all; this applies most intensively for the first five or seven years of life, and especially in the first three or four.


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Cited in Alexander Von Behr, Building Bridges for Long Range Parenting, forthcoming 1998, Appendix A.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Eric Harp, The Creative Loop, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1993, cited by Von Behr.Google Scholar
  3. 6.
    Dan Chambers, Brave New Babies, London, Channel 4 Books, 1994.Google Scholar

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