An Introduction to Developmental Psychology, 2nd Edition
August 2011, ©2010
For the second edition, An Introduction to Developmental Psychology is now part of the BPS Blackwell series - the only series to be approved by the British Psychological Society.
List of Contributors xxiii
Preface to Second Edition xxv
Part I INTRODUCTION 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 Issue (an Illustration Using Behaviour-Genetic Research on Cognitive Development) 79
Elisa A. Esposito, Elena L. Grigorenko, and Robert J. Sternberg
PART II INFANCY 115
4 Prenatal Development 117
Christine Moon and William P. Fifer
5 Perception, Knowledge, and Action in Infancy 149
J. Gavin Bremner
6 Emotional Development and Attachment Relationships 183
7 Social Interaction and the Beginnings of Communication 217
H. Rudolph Schaffer
8 The Development of Self and Gender 243
PART III CHILDHOOD 285
9 Cognitive Development 287
Margaret Anne Defeyter
10 The Development of Language 319
Heather M. Hill and Stan A. Kuczaj II
11 Acquiring a Theory of Mind 357
12 Reading and Mathematics in Developmental Psychology 385
13 Memory Development and Eyewitness Testimony 417
Stephen J. Ceci, Stanka A. Fitneva, Cagla Aydin, and Nadia Chernyak
14 Play and the Beginnings of Peer Relationships 453
Peter K. Smith
15 Prosocial Tendencies, Antisocial Behaviour, and Moral Development in Childhood 487
Daniel Hart, Nyeema Watson, Anandini Dar, and Robert Atkins
PART IV ADOLESCENCE 515
16 Cognitive Development in Adolescence 517
Kang Lee, Gizelle Anzures, and Alejo Freire
17 Social Development 551
William M. Bukowski, Tanya Bergevin, and Richard Miners
PART V PRACTICAL ISSUES 585
18 Educational Implications 587
Alyson Davis and Naomi Winstone
19 Risk and Resilience in Development 613
Leslie Morrison Gutman and Eirini Flouri
20 Social Problems in Schools 649
Peter K. Smith and Julian Elliott
21 Atypical Development 681
Names Index 747
Subject Index 757
- Additional chapters to fit within the current BPS syllabus in developmental psychology, including coverage of infants' and children's cognitive development, social development, gender socialisation and the development of identity, as well as covering atypical development, schooling issues, and risk and resilience.
- New and enhanced full-colour page design
- Written to an understandable 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
"an informative textbook that undergraduates and postgraduates
would benefit from ... It is a definite choice for my reading
list." Janine Spencer, Brunel University, The Times Higher
Education Supplement, March 26 2004
"In this new Introduction to Developmental Psychology richly
illustrated chapters cover infancy, childhood, and adolescence in a
concise and stimulating way. In the first section of the book,
developmental theory and methodology is discussed with special
emphasis on the complex nurture-nature transactions shaping the
child’s development. In a closing section educational and
clinical implications of developmental research are presented.
Leaders in the field document the tremendous advances made in
developmental psychology that now is coming of age. This
Introduction is truly international in presenting not only American
but also European contributions to developmental science.
Undergraduate students are supported in their study of this book by
the lists of key-concepts, and the overview with which each chapter
starts. Anecdotes about children, graphs of empirical results,
pictures of experimental apparatus, and a set of discussion points
at the end of each chapter facilitate the students’
understanding of developmental achievements. The combined efforts
of specialists in their respective fields lead to an Introduction
which at the same time is a balanced and comprehensive
state-of-the-art of current developmental psychology." Professor
Marinus Van IJzendoorn, Leiden University
"If you are looking for an introduction to developmental
psychology that is rigorous, thoughtful and comprehensive, look no
further. Two distinguished British psychologists - Alan Slater and
Gavin Bremner have assembled an international set of experts to
bring you the latest and the best research from virtually every
corner of this exciting field. Students new to the subject - and
teachers who have taught it for many years - will both enjoy this
innovative text." Paul Harris, Harvard Graduate School of
"The book looks to be singularly easy to teach from. The diversity of psychology has been coped with by a selection of research-oriented writers. Manageable chunks of interesting information have been organised through firm editorial control." Norman Freeman, Professor of Psychology, University of Bristol
Dr Dawn Watling, Royal Holloway, University of London
"This text sets out both what is enduring and what is new in the science of developmental psychology. It introduces fundamental theoretical issues as well as important applications in the classroom, the courtroom and the clinic. Students who read this text will get a clear sense of the range and excitement of the field."
Paul Harris, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
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