Fundamentals of Developmental Psychology

ISBN-10: 1848720513

ISBN-13: 9781848720510

Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)

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Description: Fundamentals of Development: The Psychology of Childhoodoutlines the main areas of developmental psychology, following a thematic approach and offering a broad overview of contemporary interest in the subject. Straightforward language and ample illustrations introduce the reader to the key areas in child development. The material is carefully organized to be as student-friendly as possible. Each chapter addresses a topic, such as perception, verbal communication, and theory of mind. Therefore, chapters are self-contained and comprehensive in their coverage of each aspect of development.This replacement for the highly successful Psychology of Childhoodhas been thoroughly revised with additional material based on articles appearing in the best academic journals, and covers the major studies which have stood the test of time. The book makes an excellent companion for courses introducing developmental psychology, and serves as an accessible yet comprehensive introduction for students and professionals who may have no background knowledge of the subject.This textbook is accompanied by a CD-ROM of instructor resources which is free of charge to university departments that adopt this book as their text. It includes chapter-by-chapter lecture slides, an interactive chapter-by-chapter multiple-choice question test bank, and multiple-choice questions in paper and pen format.

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List price: $82.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 10/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Peter Mitchell is a professor at the School of Archaeology, St Hugh's College, University of Oxford, United Kingdo.

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About the authors
Foreword
Themes and Perspectives in Developmental Psychology
Introduction
Behaviorism
Nativism
Maturation and ethology
Stage theories: Freud and Piaget
Developmental psychology
Summary
Methodological Approaches
Introduction
Developmental cognitive neuroscience
Research based on observations of behavior: infancy
Research based on children's answers to questions
Behavioral responses
Summary
The Development of Thinking
Introduction
Stages of cognitive development
Piaget's explanation of cognitive development
Traditional learning theory as a contrasting explanation of development
A supplement to Piaget's theory: self-centered adolescents
Summary
Does Piaget's Theory Stand up to Examination?
Introduction
Infant competence
Competence in early childhood
Concrete thought in adolescence
The impact of post-Piagetian research
Constructivism and social constructivism
Summary
What Children Understand About the Mind
Introduction
Young children's understanding of beliefs
Have children been underestimated?
Is development stage-like?
What causes development?
Competence in deception
Do infants actually understand false beliefs?
Summary
Developmental Disorders
Introduction
Autism
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Tourette syndrome
Fragile X
Rett's syndrome
Down's syndrome
Turner syndrome
Williams syndrome
Cerebral palsy
Language disorders
Summary
Autism
Introduction
The theory of mind hypothesis
Can some children with autism acknowledge false belief?
Inflexibility in thought
Weak central coherence
Summary
Numerical Development: What do Young Children Understand about the World of Numbers?
Introduction
What do infants know about numbers?
Has infants' number understanding been overestimated?
Evidence for a firm understanding of some numbers in infants
Born to do numbers?
The numerical hypothesis: Number sense from animals to infants
Can a number sense explain infants' understanding?
Count on me
Piaget revisited
Does counting replace number sense?
Two systems for numbers
Summary
Developing an Ability to Draw
Introduction
Intellectual realism
Is intellectual realism confined to early childhood?
Size of drawing as an indication of significance of the topic
Children's drawings in cases of incest
Summary
Developing an Ability to See the World
Introduction
Perception of the world as 3-D
Perception of social stimuli
The role of experience and learning in perceptual development
Summary
The Role of Heredity and Environment in Intelligence
Introduction
What is inherited?
Intelligence: Heredity versus environment
Describing and testing the concept of intelligence
Problems with testing intelligence
Heritability of intelligence
Evaluating the twin studies
Environmental factors and IQ
The social environment
IQ, elitism, and racism
Summary
Language Development
Introduction
The components of language
A description of language development
Vocabulary development
Theories of language acquisition
Chomsky's theory of innate language development
A second look at the environment
Summary
Developing an Ability to Communicate
Introduction
Egocentric speech
Young children's sensitivity to their listener
Strengths and weaknesses in young children's communication
Do young children treat utterances as clues to meaning?
Children overestimate their ability to interpret correctly
Are young children too literal?
Evaluating utterances and detecting ambiguity
Is egocentrism responsible for children's communication difficulties?
Summary
Parenting and the Development of Love and Attachment
Introduction
Love
Attachment
Types of attachment
The sociobiology of attachment
Single versus multiple attachments
Delinquency
Internal working model
Summary
Moral Development
Introduction
Piaget's moral realist and moral subjectivist
Evaluation of Piaget's theory
Kohlberg's stages of moral reasoning
Evaluation of Kohlberg's stage theory
Prosocial behavior
The cradle of morality
Moral emotions
Summary
Development of Antisocial Behavior
Introduction
What is aggression?
Are children born good or bad?
Catharsis, or learning to be violent
Aggressive behavior can be learned
Does watching violent TV make children violent?
Naturalistic and controlled studies of the link between TV and aggression
Exposure to violent TV promotes aggression
Other influences on aggression
Frustration as a cause of aggression
Attention seeking and rejection
Gender, class, and violence
Exposure to media violence and aggression
Summary
Glossary
References
Author index
Subject index
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