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Human Development in the Twenty-First Century Visionary Ideas from Systems Scientists

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ISBN-10: 0521881978

ISBN-13: 9780521881975

Edition: 2008

Authors: Alan Fogel, Barbara J. King, Stuart G. Shanker

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How do human beings develop and function in relation to the human and natural world? The science of dynamic systems focuses on connections and relationships between people rather than on individual actions alone. This collection of engaging, non-technical essays, written by dynamic systems scientists in psychology, biology, anthropology, education, and sociology, challenges us to consider novel ways to enhance human development worldwide in the face of poverty, violence, neglect, disease and crises in our families. Focusing specifically on how to think about interventions and policies that will benefit human development from a systems perspective, this book brings current research into the realm of application and policy. The authors use real-life examples to propose changes in clinical, educational and policy-making practices that will be of interest to professionals and practitioners alike.
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Book details

List price: $124.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 270
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of contributors
Introduction: Why a dynamic systems approach to fostering human development?
Dynamic relationships between genetics and environments
Developmental dynamics: the new view from the life sciences
Genes, experience, and behavior
How dynamic systems have changed our minds
Individual development as a system of coactions: implications for research and policy
Gene-environment interactions and inter-individual differences in rhesus monkey behavioral and biological development
The dynamic system of the child in the family
Relationships that support human development
The impact of emotions and the emotional impact of a child's first words
Emotional habits in brain and behavior: a window on personality development
Creating family love: an evolutionary perspective
The dynamic system of the child in social and physical environment
The tempest: anthropology and human development
An anthropology of human development: what difference does it make?
The social child
Learning about human development from a study of educational failure
Dynamic views of education
Embodied communication in non-human animals
Children in the living world: why animals matter for children's development
Dynamic systems approaches to mental health
A dynamic developmental model of mental health and mental illness
Dyadic microanalysis of mother-infant communication informs clinical practice
Current problems of Japanese youth: some possible pathways for alleviating these problems from the perspective of dynamic systems theory
A different way to help
Why do siblings often turn out very differently?
A dynamic systems approach to understanding family and peer relationships: implications for effective interventions with aggressive youth
Prenatal substance exposure and human development
Conclusions and outlook
A dynamic systems approach to the life sciences
Index