Greenspan; First Idea
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Greenspan; First Idea 4 Nobel prize winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel showed how learning experiences influence regulatory genes, which in turn, influence biological processes involved in the formation of neural pathways that make long-term memory possible.
Greenspan; First Idea 7 Brain imaging studies of musicians have shown they have more neuronal connections in the area of the brain that regulates the hand movements involved in musical performance. 3
Greenspan; First Idea 17 Only human beings can engage in reflective thinking:  "That's a good idea"; "That's nonsense"; "I want to do that", 10
Greenspan; First Idea 21 Signs and symbols emerge only in the process of interacton between one individual consciousness and another. 4
Greenspan; First Idea 29 Human beings are distinguished from most mammals by having the long period of dependence on caregivers. 8
Greenspan; First Idea 37 An idea is a mental image that has been freed from fixed, immediate action.  Humans can form an image that is less tied to action and therefore can acquire a new meaning and symbolism. Once an image is separated from its action, that image can serve a new  purpose: to plan, solve problems, and think. 8
Greenspan; First Idea 63 Forming the earliest (Presymbolic) Sense of Self 26
Greenspan; First Idea 64 Long before an infant can speak, personality and expectations are already being molded by the countless interactions between caregiver and child. 1
Greenspan; First Idea 77 Between the ages of six and ten, sense of self is expanding to include a sense of being a member of a social group. 13
Greenspan; First Idea 77 Emerging sense of self in the social group. 0
Greenspan; First Idea 99 Structure of the human mind evolved according to sociobiologists and evolutionary psychologists sometime between 200,000 and 30,000 years ago. 22
Greenspan; First Idea 102 Our basic cognitive capacities, such as attention, the ability to inhibit non-salient information, and short- and long-term memory. 3
Greenspan; First Idea 102 Our  basic cognitive capacities; the emotions we feel; the thoughts we have and the beliefs, desires and intentions we form; our ability to communicate with others, both nonverbally and verbally, and our ability to understand what others are thinking and feeling; can only emerge in the context of the close nurturing relationships that a child experiences with his caregivers.  [sense of self]   [autobiographical self]  [theory of mind] 0
Greenspan; First Idea 192 Noam Chomsky supports the view that a child acquires language automatically sometime between the ages of 18 and 24 months as a result of genetically controlled factors. 90
Greenspan; First Idea 255 Complex feelings such as empathy, respect and compassion. 63
Greenspan; First Idea 256 Duality between emotions and reason. 1
Greenspan; First Idea 263 When people are anxious and in a panic state, everything bothers them. They can't sleep at night. They hear that little noise outside.They hear the trucks loading and unloading. They're in a heightened state of vigilance. 7
Greenspan; First Idea 291 Through sensitive interactions with caregivers, the infant's global physiologic states, become regulated and experienced more and more as both discrete physical and affective sensations (e.g., different types of pleasure or comforting). Global physical or physiologic states take on the qualities we call emotions. As the infant experiences and organizes these affective states into patterns, a mental or psychological level of experience (consciousness) unfolds. 28
Greenspan; First Idea 292 Can computers be programmed to have the consciousness? The answer is NO! Consciousness depends on affective experience (i.e. the experience  of one's own emotional patterns). True affects and their near infinite variations can only arise from living biological systems and their developmental processes. 1