Friday, October 02, 2009

Check out Dual Essays on Pokemon & Marshmallows

I have two essays up today, Friday - one on The Daily Beast and one over at Newsweek.com. The two essays go together; they're both about dopamine's effect on the brain, and the importance of nurturing children's intrinsic motivation, ie., the activities that make their heart sing. Please check them out.

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Blogger Sensenig Capital Advisors - Investment Management said...

Thanks for the great insight and research to go along with it. I'm 1/2 way through Nutureshock and loving every page. I've learned a lot.

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Blogger Sensenig Capital Advisors - Investment Management said...

Thanks for the great insight and research to back it up. I'm 1/2 way through Nutureshock and loving every page. I've learned a lot. Keep up the good work.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Trena Bristol said...

When I was a small child (around four or five), I had a rather interesting experience with marshmallows. My parents were divorced. My mother viewed dessert as an occasional special treat and so I got my treasured marshmallows perhaps a couple times a month. When I visited my father and stepmother, they would let me have up to two marshmallows every evening. My stepmom had a bag of them just for me in a special cupboard. When my stepmom wasn't looking I took the whole bag of marshmallows and shoved it in my suitcase. My stepmother, thinking she was simply out of marshmallows, bought another bag and restocked the cupboard. I also took that bag and stuffed it in my suitcase. When it was time for me to leave to return to my mother, Dad discovered the bags of marshmallows. I told them, they were for when I got back to my Mom, so I could still have two per evening. Dad said my mom wouldn't go for it and the marshmallows stayed with him. The story has become family lore.
That was forty years ago. I did well in school and have a degree from Harvard as well as an MBA from University of CA Davis. However, I am known as much for my non-conformity as for my discipline and intelligence. My Harvard major was Folklore and Mythology. I never felt the desire to marry or have kids. I work as a CPA in a small firm near Lake Tahoe which supports my outdoorsy lifestyle full of friends. I also belong a dance tribe in Nevada City (Five Rhythms)

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