Phone In: Brain Development - The Difference Between Boys and Girls
From the Neck Up: Our society is hyper-conscious of physical differences between boys and girls. If anything, it seems to reinforce and exaggerate those differences in everything from clothing to cosmetics. But psychologist Dr JoAnn Deak believes the more intriguing differences are in the brains of young men and women and in the different ways those brains develop. It's an important area of knowledge for any parent, teacher, coach or other adult who has an ongoing relationship with children.
Dr Deak says adults are "neurosculptors" of children, because their every interaction will influence the adult those children will become. She's spent more than 30 years as an educator and psychologist, helping children develop into confident and competent adults. Dr Deak is the author of Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters, and is currently working on a Trilogy : Brainology 101 for Students, Teachers & Parents. You called with questions about those differences in the brains of young men & women, or the different rates at which they seem to develop, and shared your observations based on your experience with children.
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