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An Introduction to Developmental Psychology, 3rd Edition

Alan Slater (Editor), J. Gavin Bremner (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-76720-7
848 pages
May 2017, ©2016
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An Introduction to Developmental Psychology, 3rd Edition is a representative and authoritative 'state of the art' account of human development from conception to adolescence.  The text is organised chronologically and also thematically and written by renowned experts in the field, and presents a truly international account of theories, findings and issues.  The content is designed with a broad range of readers in mind, and in particular those with little previous exposure to developmental psychology.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Preface to Third Edition


1 The Scope and Methods of Developmental Psychology
Alan Slater, Scott P. Johnson, and Darwin Muir

2 Theories and Issues in Child Development
Scott P. Johnson, Alan Slater, and Ian Hocking

3 The Nature–Nurture Issue
Alan Slater


4 Prenatal Development
Christine Moon and William P. Fifer

5 Perception, Knowledge, and Action in Infancy
J. Gavin Bremner, Kirsty Dunn, and Diana S.Y. Tham

6 Emotional Development and Attachment Relationships
Elizabeth Meins

7 Early Social Interactions with People and Objects
Cintia Rodríguez, Julia Benassi, Luisa Estrada, and Nicolás Alessandroni

8 The Development of Self and Gender
Wendy Lawrenson


9 Cognitive Development
Margaret Anne Defeyter

10 The Development of Language
Heather M. Hill and Stan A. Kuczaj II

11 Acquiring a Theory of Mind
Peter Mitchell

12 Reading and Mathematics in Developmental Psychology
Peter Bryant

13 Memory Development and Eyewitness Testimony
Stephen J. Ceci, Stanka A. Fitneva, Cagla Aydin, and Nadia Chernyak

14 Play and the Beginnings of Peer Relationships
Peter K. Smith

15 Prosocial Tendencies, Antisocial Behaviour, and Moral Development in Childhood
Daniel Hart, Neeta Goel, and Robert Atkins


16 Cognitive Development in Adolescence
Kang Lee, Gizelle Anzures, and Alejo Freire

17 Social Development
Tirza H.J. Van Noorden and William M. Bukowski


18 Educational Implications
Alyson Davis and Naomi Winstone

19 Risk and Resilience in Development
Leslie Morrison Gutman and Eirini Flouri

20 Social Problems in Schools
Peter K. Smith and Julian Elliott

21 Atypical Development
Sarah Norgate


Names Index

Subject Index

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Author Information

Alan Slater is Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology at the University of Exeter, UK. He is the co-editor of several books including The Blackwell Reader in Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Infant Development, Theories of Infant Development, and the six-volume set Psychology of Infancy.

Gavin Bremner is Professor of Developmental Psychology at Lancaster University, UK. He is the author and editor of many books, including the popular textbook Infancy, The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Infant Development, Theories of Infant Development, and the six-volume set Psychology of Infancy.

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New to This Edition

  • New chapters 7 and 8, on social development in infancy, and the development of self and gender.
  • More on findings from neuroscience.
  • More critical analysis of theories.
  • An expanded website including video materials as well as:
    Student self-test multiple choice questions
    Online glossary
    Large Instructor testbank
    Downloadable figures and tables
    Guide to teaching topically using the book
    Free access to Wiley-Blackwell journal articles reference in the text
    PowerPoint lecture slides

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Written at an easy-to-comprehend level by an international team of respected researchers, conveying their knowledge with enthusiasm and skill
  • Full supporting materials - chapter overviews, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and glossary
  • Chapters covering applied issues in developmental psychology
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