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Your Child's Brain

When a newborn baby enters the world, the farthest thing from the mind of a parent is the neurological development of the newborn baby’s brain. It is not likely that one would think of a baby’s brain as a jumble of neurons like a ball of yarn waiting to be sculpted into a work of art. However, one should be concerned and interested in the development of their child’s brain as certain critical periods pass for developing skills in math and logic, music, emotions, language and movement. It should be stated that there are certain critical periods that comprise the growth and development of neurons as they wire the brain. “If these neurons are used they become integrated into the circuitry of the brain by connecting to other neurons; if they are not used, they may die” (Begley, 1996, p.65). One can safely assume that these ‘windows of opportunity’ are a very critical time in the stimulation of the growth of brain activity. By age sixteen, the wiring of the neurons throughout the brain is almost complete, making it harder for adults to pick up new tasks easily. However, the adult brain is crisscrossed with approximately 100 billion neurons, allowing the brain to have over 100 trillion connections (Begley 1996). Genes often determine the brain’s main circuits, but the environment and a child’s experiences in that environment shape trillions of finer connections, which can determine the personality characteristics that the child will bear (Begley 1996). Math and logic are necessities for developing spatial skills, both of which intertwine with music. After 19 preschoolers were given piano or singing lessons their spatial reasoning skills dramatically improved, along with their ability to complete mazes, draw geometric figures and copy patterns (Begley 1996). Music seems to excite the brain and enhance complex reasoning tasks, as “nine string players brain’s were examined with Magnetic Resonance Imaging, the amou...

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