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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 xxi

Preface to Third Edition xxiii

Part I Introducti on 1

1 The Scope and Methods of Developmental Psychology 3
Alan Slater, Scott P. Johnson and Darwin Muir

2 Theories and Issues in Child Development 41
Scott P. Johnson, Alan Slater and Ian Hocking

3 The Nature–Nurture Debate 79
Alan Slater

Part II Infancy 107

4 Prenatal Development 109
Christine Moon and William P. Fifer

5 Perception, Knowledge and Action in Infancy 143
J. Gavin Bremner, Kirsty Dunn and Diana S.Y. Tham

6 Emotional Development and Attachment Relationships 183
Elizabeth Meins

7 Early Social Interactions with People and Objects 213
Cintia Rodríguez, Julia Benassi, Luisa Estrada, and Nicolás Alessandroni

8 The Development of Self and Gender 259
Wendy Lawrenson

Part III Childhood 303

9 Cognitive Development 305
Margaret Anne Defeyter

10 The Development of Language 341
Heather M. Hill and Stan A. Kuczaj II

11 Acquiring a Theory of Mind 381
Peter Mitchell

12 Reading and Mathematics in Developmental Psychology 407
Peter Bryant

13 Memory Development and Eyewitness Testimony 439
Stephen J. Ceci, Stanka A. Fitneva, Cagla Aydin and Nadia Chernyak

14 Play and the Beginnings of Peer Relationships 477
Peter K. Smith

15 Prosocial Tendencies, Antisocial Behaviour and Moral Development in Childhood 511
Daniel Hart, Neeta Goel and Robert Atkins

Part Iv adolescence 541

16 Cognitive Development in Adolescence 543
Kang Lee, Gizelle Anzures and Alejo Freire

17 Social Development 577
Tirza H.J. Van Noorden and William M. Bukowski

Part V Practic al Issues 611

18 Educational Implications 613
Alyson Davis and Naomi Winstone

19 Risk and Resilience in Development 645
Leslie Morrison Gutman and Eirini Flouri

20 Social Problems in Schools 683
Peter K. Smith and Julian Elliott

21 Atypical Development 715
Sarah Norgate

Glossary 751

Names Index 785

Subject Index 805

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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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