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Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development

Usha Goswami (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-4298-4
776 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This definitive volume provides state-of-the-art summaries of current research by leading specialists in different areas of cognitive development.

  • Forms part of a series of four Blackwell Handbooks in Developmental Psychology spanning infancy to adulthood.
  • Covers all the major topics in research and theory about childhood cognitive development.
  • Synthesizes the latest research findings in an accessible manner.
  • Includes chapters on abnormal cognitive development and theoretical perspectives, as well as basic research topics.
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Acknowledgments x

List of Contributors xi

Part I Infancy: The Origins of Cognitive Development 1

1 Imitation as a Mechanism of Social Cognition: Origins of Empathy, Theory of Mind, and the Representation of Action 6
Andrew N. Meltzoff

2 The Development of Understanding Self and Agency 26
György Gergely

3 The Acquisition of Physical Knowledge in Infancy: A Summary in Eight Lessons 47
Renée Baillargeon

4 Early Categorization: A New Synthesis 84
Paul C. Quinn

5 Early Word-Learning and Conceptual Development: Everything had a Name, and Each Name Gave Birth to a New Thought 102
Sandra R. Waxman

6 Early Memory Development 127
Patricia J. Bauer

Part II Cognitive Development in Early Childhood 147

7 Development of the Animate–Inanimate Distinction 151
Susan A. Gelman and John E. Opfer

8 Understanding the Psychological World: Developing a Theory of Mind 167
Henry M. Wellman

9 Pretend Play and Cognitive Development 188
Angeline Lillard

10 Early Development of the Understanding and Use of Symbolic Artifacts 206
Judy S. DeLoache

Part III Topics in Cognitive Development in Childhood 227

11 Memory Development in Childhood 236
Wolfgang Schneider

12 The Development of Causal Reasoning 257
Barbara Koslowski and Amy Masnick

13 Inductive and Deductive Reasoning 282
Usha Goswami

14 The Development of Moral Reasoning 303
Larry P. Nucci

15 Spatial Development in Childhood: Where Are We Now? 326
Lynn S. Liben

16 Children's Intuitive Physics 349
Friedrich Wilkening and Susanne Huber

17 What is Scientific Thinking, and How Does It Develop? 371
Deanna Kuhn

18 Reading Development and Dyslexia 394
Margaret J. Snowling

19 Children's Understanding of Mathematics 412
Peter Bryant and Terezhina Nuñes

Part IV Topics in Atypical Cognitive Development 441

20 Executive Function in Typical and Atypical Development 445
Philip David Zelazo and Ulrich Müller

21 Language and Cognition: Evidence from Disordered Language 470
Barbara Dodd and Sharon Crosbie

22 The Exact Mind: Empathizing and Systemizing in Autism Spectrum Conditions 491
Simon Baron-Cohen, Sally Wheelwright, John Lawson, Rick Griffin, and Jacqueline Hill

Part V Models of Cognitive Development 509

23 Piaget's Model 515
Leslie Smith

24 Vygotsky's Model of Cognitive Development 538
Shawn M. Rowe and James V. Wertsch

25 Information-Processing Models of Cognitive Development 555
Graeme S. Halford

26 Modeling Typical and Atypical Cognitive Development: Computational Constraints on Mechanisms of Change 575
Michael S. C. Thomas and Annette Karmiloff-Smith

27 Individual Differences in Cognitive Development 600
Robert J. Sternberg

References 620

Index 737

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Usha Goswami is Professor of Education, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. Prior to that she was a lecturer in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge.

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  • Forms part of a series of four Blackwell Handbooks in Developmental Psychology spanning infancy to adulthood.
  • Covers all the major topics in research and theory about childhood cognitive development.
  • Synthesizes the latest research findings in an accessible manner.
  • Includes chapters on abnormal cognitive development and theoretical perspectives, as well as basic research topics.
See More
"This handbook brings together such a wealth of material to constitute possibly the single best reference book in its subject area and, as such, should serve as a key text for advanced students, researchers and practitioners." (Psychologist, 1 May 2011)

"Overall, the handbook is a thoughtful and valuable reference work, to which users can refer for an impressive range of research." Julia Carroll, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 44:6

"Though the structure of this book is similar to other volumes in the series, I welcome it with even greater enthusiasm than the rest. While they all summarise and review the latest scientific research in their particular area of child development, research in the field of infant cognition has, in the last few years, completely overturned all previous conceptions. This volume, therefore, not only summarises and updates the literature in its field, but also replaces much of it ... at the moment this book series is the cutting edge ... As with other volumes in the series, all libraries serving postgraduate level studies in psychology and related disciplines should seriously consider acquisition." Martin Guha, Librarian, Institute of Psychiatry, Reference Reviews, 17 February 2003

"Summing up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." K.L. Hartlep, California State University, Bakersfield, Choice, March 2003

"The book is a timely addition to to the literature on infant and child cognitive development... The significant value of this volume lies in the breadth of its coverage and the sheer comprehensiveness of its execution... For academics and researchers in the field of infant and child cognitive development this is an invaluable resource that encompasses the current state of knowledge in this central developmental area." Mark Tomlinson. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2005, 17(2)

"Overall, the handbook is a thoughtful and valuable reference work, to which users can refer for an impressive range of research." Julia Carroll, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 44:6 <!--end-->

"Though the structure of this book is similar to other volumes in the series, I welcome it with even greater enthusiasm than the rest. While they all summarise and review the latest scientific research in their particular area of child development, research in the field of infant cognition has, in the last few years, completely overturned all previous conceptions. This volume, therefore, not only summarises and updates the literature in its field, but also replaces much of it ... at the moment this book series is the cutting edge ... As with other volumes in the series, all libraries serving postgraduate level studies in psychology and related disciplines should seriously consider acquisition." Martin Guha, Librarian, Institute of Psychiatry, Reference Reviews, 17 February 2003

"Summing up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." K.L. Hartlep, California State University, Bakersfield, Choice, March 2003

"The book is a timely addition to to the literature on infant and child cognitive development... The significant value of this volume lies in the breadth of its coverage and the sheer comprehensiveness of its execution... For academics and researchers in the field of infant and child cognitive development this is an invaluable resource that encompasses the current state of knowledge in this central developmental area." Mark Tomlinson. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2005, 17(2)

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