Recommended related reading


Bruer, J.T. 1999. The Myth of the First Three Years: A New Understanding of Early Brain Development and Lifelong Learning. New York: The Free Press

Hulbert, A. 2004. Raising America: Experts, Parents and a Century of Advice About Children. New York: Vintage Books

Kagan, J. 1998. ‘The Allure of Infant Determinism’. Chapter 2 in Three Seductive Ideas. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Pres

Ramaekers, S. and Suissa, J. 2012. The Claims of Parenting: Reasons, Responsibility and Society. Springer

Tallis, R. 2012. Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity. London: Acumen Publishing

Journal papers

Bruer, John T. 1997. ‘Education and the Brain: A bridge too far.’ Educational Researcher, 26: 4-16

Bruer John T. 1998. ‘Brain science, brain fiction’. Educational Leadership, 56(3) 14-18

Bruer John T. 1998. ‘Time for Critical thinking’. Public Health Reports, 113(5) 389-97

Connors, C.M. and Singh, I. 2009. ‘What We Should Really Worry About in Pediatric Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)’. The American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience 9(1): 16-18

Featherstone, B., Morris, K. and White, S. 2013. ‘A Marriage Made in Hell: Early Intervention Meets Child Protection’. British Journal of Social Work, March, 1-15

Gillies, V. (2013) From Baby Brain to Conduct Disorder: The New Determinism in the Classroom. Paper given at the Gender and Education Association Conference 25th April 2013.

Lupton, D.A. 2011. ‘The best thing for the baby’: Mothers’ concepts and experiences related to promoting their infants’ health and development. Health, Risk & Society 13(7–8): 637–651

Nadesan, M. H. 2002. ‘Engineering the entrepreneurial infant: brain science, infant development toys, and governmentality’. Cultural Studies, 16: 401-432

O’ Connor, C. and Joffe, H. 2012. ‘Media representations of early human development: Protecting, feeding and loving the developing brain’. Social Science and Medicine xxx: 1-10

Romagnoli, A. and Wall, G. 2012. ‘‘I know I’m a good mom’: Young, low-income mothers’ experiences with risk perception, intensive parenting ideology and parenting education programmes’. Health, Risk & Society. 14(3): 273-289

Wall, G. 2004. ‘Is your child’s brain potential maximized?: Mothering in an age of new brain research.” Atlantis 28(2): 41 – 50

Wastell, D. and White, S. 2012. ‘Blinded by neuroscience: social policy, the family and the infant brain’ Families, Relationships and Societies. 1 (3): 397-414

Wilson, H. 2002. ‘Brain Science, Early Intervention and ‘At Risk’ Families: Implications for Parents, Professionals and Social Policy’. Social Policy & Society. 1(3): 191-202

Wall, G. 2010. ‘Mothers’ experiences with intensive parenting and brain development discourse’. Women’s Studies International Forum, 33: 253-263

Other commentaries

The Tyranny of Parental Determinism’, by Ellie Lee

The Deterministic Myth of the Early Years’, by Helene Guldberg