The Origins of You

The Origins of You: How Childhood Shapes Later Life

August, 2020 - The Origins of You is now published. 

After tracking the lives of thousands of people from birth to midlife, four of the world’s preeminent psychologists reveal what they have learned about how humans develop. 

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Table of Contents and Preface

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Origins of You selected as among best nonfiction books of 2020 by Marginal Revolution.

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Book reviews can be found here:

Childhood: Sifting Facts from Fad-Driven Fancy, by John Galbraith Simmons, Los Angeles Review of Books

The Origins of You’ explores how kids develop into their adult selves, by B. Bower, Science News

From Bud to Blossom, by J. Donvan, Wall Street Journal

The lifelong studies that hold clues to what today's kids might have in store, by B. Maughan, Nature

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