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Noted as one of the most comprehensive textbooks in the field, Developmental Science, 6th Edition introduces readers to all of areas in developmental psychology: neuroscience, genetics, perception, cognition, language, emotion, self, and social interaction. Each of the world-renowned contributors masterfully introduces the history and systems, methodologies, and measurement and analytic techniques used to understand the area of human development under review. The relevance of the field is illustrated through engaging applications in each chapter. As a whole, this highly-respected text illuminates substantive phenomena in developmental science, its applications across the life span, and its relevance to everyday life.Each chapter in the new edition was substantially revised to reflect the current state of the field. Two new chapters highlight the many modern developments. Each chapter features an introduction, up-to-date overviews of the field, summary and conclusion, and numerous classical and contemporary references.The book opens with an overview of developmental science -- its history and theory, the cultural orientation to thinking about human development, and the manner in which empirical research is designed, conducted, and analyzed. Part 2 focuses on the field's major substantive areas: neuroscience and genetics, physical and motor development, perception, and cognitive and language development. Part 3 examines personality and social development within the context of the various relationships and situations in which developing individuals function and by which they are shaped. The book concludes with a new chapter on the latest applications of developmental science. Ways in which developmental thinking and research affect and are affected by practice and social policy are particularly emphasized.
Table of Contents
Foundations of Developmental Science
Concepts and Theories of Human Development
Culture in Development
Design, Measurement, and Analysis in Developmental Research
Neuroscience, Perceptual, Cognitive, and Language Development
Developmental Neuroscience, Psychophysiology, and Genetics
Physical and Motor Development
The Development of Cognitive Abilities
Personality and the Social Contexts of Development
The Individual Child: Temperament, Emotion, Self, and Personality
The Role of Parent-Child Relationships in Child Development
Peer Relationships in Childhood
School and Community Influences on Human Development
Children and the Law: Examples of Applied Developmental Psychology in Action
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