Developmental Psychology and You, 2nd Edition
December 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
Developmental Psychology and Youis a lively and
accessible introduction to the psychology of human development. The
authors, who all have extensive experience in teaching and
research, have selected topics that will appeal to new students of
this subject and have presented them in a way that demonstrates
their relevance to everyday life.
The fully revised second edition includes a new chapter on gender development and gender differences, while the material on adult life and growing older has been expanded. Key concepts are highlighted throughout, and each chapter contains objectives, exercises, self-assessment questions and recommendations for further reading.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
Preface and Acknowledgements.
1. What is Developmental Psychology?.
2. First Views of the World.
3. First Relationships.
4. Early Influences and Personality.
5. Playing and Learning.
6. Developing Language.
7. Children's Thinking.
8. Intelligence and Experience.
9. Creativity and Artistic Development.
10. Moral and Social Development.
11. Gender Development and Gender Differences.
12. Childhood Problems.
13. Puberty and Adolescence.
14. Growing Older: Young and Middle Adulthood.
15. Growing Old.
16. Studying Development.
Pamela K Smythehas been a researcher in the School of
Psychology at Leicester University for the last decade. During this
time she has also taught psychology at a number of levels, ranging
from undergraduates and medical students to post-graduate and adult
education students. Her teaching areas include developmental
psychology, laterality, introductory statistics, health psychology
and general psychology. Both here first degree and her Ph.D. were
completed at Leicester University with the latter concerning
aspects of phonological processing and handedness. Research
interests and publications involve laterality of hand and brain,
the processing of speech sounds and dyslexia.
Ann Taylor was educated in Suffolk and at the University
of London, and has spent most of her working life at the University
of Leicester, finishing her full-time career as Senior Lecturer and
Head of Department. Principal teaching and research interests have
been in cognitive psychology, language development and in
particular the study of adult development and ageing. She has
extensive teaching experience at all undergraduate levels and with
students of all adult ages, and has co-authored a number of
textbooks, both introductory and advanced. Early retirement has
given her more time for writing, teaching and library research,
other employment, charity work of various kinds, indulgence of her
passions for music and the theatre (as performer and spectator) and
Alexandra Lamont is currently a Lecturer in Psychology of
Music at the Psychology Department at Keele University. She teaches
across a broad range of different topics including musical
development and education, music perception, and perceptual and
cognitive development. She also teaches for the Open University as
an associate lecturer on a Masters course in Child Development in
Families, Schools and Society. She was formerly a lecturer in
developmental psychology at the University of Leicester. Her
research includes studies of infants' musical preferences and
musical memories, children's cognitive understanding of music,
music in the school curriculum, the effects of musical training and
experience on children's development, and the ways that adults with
different musical backgrounds listen to music in different
Richard Joiner is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bath. Formerly he was a Research Fellow in the Centre for Human Development and Learning at the Open University. He taught developmental psychology previously at Leicester University and the University of Hertfordshire to both undergraduates and post-graduates. He was also an associate lecturer at the Open University, where he taught child development to undergraduates. He is interested in children's use of communication technology. He is co-editor of ‘Rethinking collaborative learning'.
- Developmental Psychology and Youis a lively and accessible introduction to the psychology of human development. It addresses such questions as
- What makes you the person you are today?
- How does a baby perceive the world?
- Is the person without love damaged forever?
- The authors, who all have extensive experience in teaching and research, have selected topics that will appeal to new students of this subject and have presented them in a way that demonstrates their relevance to everyday life.
- The fully revised second edition includes a new chapter on gender development and gender differences, while the material on adult life and growing older has been expanded.
- As in the previous edition, the style and design of the text are accessible and user-friendly; key concepts are highlighted throughout, and each chapter contains objectives, exercises, self-assessment questions and recommendations for further reading.
"Given the extensive nature of the chosen topic - no less than the whole of developmental psychology - it is a testament to keen selective eyes and authorial skills that many of the essential features of the subject are conveyed in a readable and easily accessible style ... it succeeded in one of its chief aims, 'to whet the reader's appetite' for the discipline, sharpening as it did my own critical inclinations!" Tom Billington, University of Sheffield, British Journal of Educational Psychology, December 2003
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