Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self: The Neurobiology of Emotional Development
The mother influences the child’s growth and development. That’s pretty obvious. This book goes to the neurobiological underpinnings of this phenomenon, referring to several thousand studies, to show how the connection between mother and child actual influences the way the child’s brain develops. It is a treasure trove of information on how the prefrontal cortex matures through interaction with the mother in the early stages of life.
As organizer of The Futurehealth Winter Brain Meeting, I have repeatedly recommended this book to colleagues who have an interest in frontal lobes, to attachment disorder, to the links between the brain and self control, violence in the schools, and even, in a recent on-line listserve discussion with a former president of APA, who suggested that first come values and then positive emotions. This books strongly suggests that first come positive emotions and experiences and these lead to establishment of a brain w hich is responsible and well regulated. This is no light read. But Schore is worth it. He’s brilliant.