Dr. Daniel Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and a faculty member of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development, has published a new book, "No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind" (Bantam, 2014).
Co-authored with psychotherapist and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson, "No-Drama Discipline" explains the new science of how a childs' brain is wired and how it matures. The "upstairs brain," which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. In young children especially, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain, leaving children feeling out of control. By using these discoveries, Siegel and Payne Bryson said, "parents can learn to turn any outburst, argument or fear into a chance to integrate your child's brain and foster vital growth."
Siegel is also the author of the bestselling, "Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain" (Tarcher, 2014), "Mindsight" and several other books. The co-director of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, Siegel is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, and he maintains a psychotherapy practice that includes children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.