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“Why does my child always do poorly on tests?”

“Are my child’s abilities pre-determined by their DNA?”

If these questions sound familiar, you’re not alone. Author and researcher Shinohara is frequently asked by parents worried about their children’s development.

However, there’s no need to worry. Regardless of what your child’s intellect is like now, there are ample opportunities to improve their intelligence. In fact, intelligence isn't determined by DNA, but rather the way in which children are interacted with during their formative years.

With years of experience of as a researcher involved with juvenile neuroscience and clinical psychology research, Shinohara provides a wealth of educational tools, games and habit-forming activities that will allow your children to reach their full potential.

Note: This is a completely updated version of our 2009 publication Stretch Your Kid’s Mind With a Neuroscientific Approach. 


Part One – Improving Your Child’s Working Memory

Chapter One. What’s Working Memory?

Chapter Two. Getting a Feel for How Working Memory Operates

Chapter Three. How to Improve Working Memory

Part Two – Creating a Foundation for Lifelong Motivation

Chapter One. What Motivates Children?

Chapter Two. Setting Purposes and Goals

Chapter Three. How to Improve Your Child’s Motivation by Age

Part Three – Eight Games to Improve Your Child’s Intelligence

About the Author

Kikunori Shinohara

Shinohara is the Chief of the General Education Center at the Tokyo University of Science, Suwa. He investigates daily brain activities using multi-channel near infrared spectroscopy. Shinohara has participated in many joint research projects within the amusement, educational, and automobile industries. He also conducts his own research and writes articles for TV, radio, magazines and newspapers.

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