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How are Developments in Neurobiology Changing our View of Children?

Dialogue between Noboru Kobayashi (Director, Child Research Net)
and
Toshiyuki Sawaguchi (Professor, Hokkaido University)

CRN is a cyber-research organization that brings together people with an interest in children's issues. CRN's activities are based on Kodomogaku or child science, a concept advocated by CRN's director, Noboru Kobayashi. In this dialogue, Dr. Kobayashi talks with Dr. Sawaguchi, a neurobiologist and noted commentator on early childhood education, on developments in neurobiology and their significance for child-raising.

Noboru KOBAYASHI, M.D.
Pediatrician and Director, CRN
Born in Tokyo in 1927. Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, 1954. Books include Human Science, Kodomo wa mirai de aru (Children are Our Future), Kodomogaku, Sodatsu sodateru fureai no kosodate (Reciprocal Development Through Child-raising).

Toshiyuki SAWAGUCHI, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurobiology, Hokkaido University School of Medicine
Born in Tokyo in 1959. Majored in biology, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University. Doctor of Science, Kyoto University. Specializes in cognitive neuroscience and primatology. Research interests include mechanisms within the brain related to thought and self and evolution of the brain and cognitive function. Publications include Wagamama na no (The Selfish Brain), Watakushi wa no no doko ni iru no ka? (Where is the Self in the Brain?), and Yoji kyoiku to no (Early Childhood Education and the Brain).
Table of Contents
1 A Biological Basis for Kodomogaku
2 Human Intelligence Develops in Prefrontal Association Cortex
3 The Significance of the Theory of Mind
4 Theory of Mind Creates Templates for Understanding
5 The Origin of Language and Primate Behavior
6 MRI Reveals the Brain's Mechanisms
7 Child-raising up to Ten Critical for the Future
8 Prefrontal Association Cortex Promotes Life-long Growth
9 Early Childhood Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Study

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"Noboru KOBAYASHI, M.D.
Pediatrician and Director, CRN
Born in Tokyo in 1927. Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, 1954. Books include Human Science, Kodomo wa mirai de aru (Children are Our Future), Kodomogaku, Sodatsu sodateru fureai no kosodate (Reciprocal Development Through Child-raising).

Toshiyuki SAWAGUCHI, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurobiology, Hokkaido University School of Medicine
Born in Tokyo in 1959. Majored in biology, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University. Doctor of Science, Kyoto University. Specializes in cognitive neuroscience and primatology. Research interests include mechanisms within the brain related to thought and self and evolution of the brain and cognitive function. Publications include Wagamama na no (The Selfish Brain), Watakushi wa no no doko ni iru no ka? (Where is the Self in the Brain?), and Yoji kyoiku to no (Early Childhood Education and the Brain)."
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