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UR psychologist, author Catherine Salmon to discusses new book

Middle children are mavericks, brilliant negotiators and stellar spouses according to a new book, “The Secret Power of Middle Children—How Middleborns Can Harness Their Unexpected and Remarkable Abilities” co-authored by University of Redlands associate professor of psychology Catherine Salmon, Ph. D.

The book is based on the premise that while there are about 70 million middleborns in America, little effort has gone into understanding how their birth order has played a role in shaping their lives. Though they are often referred to as “the neglected birth order” —Salmon and co-author, journalist Katrin Schumann, contend middleborns are "agents of change in business, politics and science—more so than firstborns and lastborns.”

Salmon appeared on NBC’s Today Show Aug. 4 when the book was released and was heard in an interview on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. She also has interviews scheduled for the Mr. Dad Radio Show, and Martha Stewart Radio.

Professor Salmon was also interviewed by Fox5 San Diego television news regarding her discoveries about the traits of middle children. In the interview taped live on September 2, Salmon tells how middle children can actually be more successful and stable than their siblings, among other interesting findings.

Fox5 News KSWB (FOX) San Diego 09/02/11 9-10 AM Length: 05:47
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Salmon‘s research interests cover everything from birth order and family dynamics to eating disorders, reproductive suppression, and sexuality. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology and a BSc in biology from McMaster University.

Salmon has been featured on Oxygen and the Science Channel, and co-authored (with Don Symons) “Warrior Lovers: erotic fiction, evolution, and female sexuality.” In addition, she has co-edited a variety of books, including the recent Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Family Psychology and writes a blog on birth order for Psychology Today, called Ape Girl.

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