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Kathleen Stassen Berger's The Developing Person Through the Life Span is a perennial bestseller instructors depend upon for an authoritative portrait of the field.  Enhanced with carefully crafted learning tools, its warm narrative style and emphasis on diverse lives and universal themes that speak directly to students.

With this new edition, that tradition is brought forward in a captivating new way.Cutting-edge research, electronic tools, and comprehensive insight combine to make The Developing Person Through the Life Span, Seventh Edition, the text that instructors need. With this edition, the ideal lifespan text is better than ever.

Table of Contents

Part I:  Beginnings

Chapter 1: Introduction

Defining Development



Connections between Change and Time

Dynamic Systems Theory

Five Characteristics of Development




Issues and Applications: “My Name Wasnt Mary”



A Case to Study: My Nephew David

Developmental Study as a Science

Steps of the Scientific Method

Ways to Test Hypotheses

Studying Change Over Time

Cautions from Science

Correlation and Causation

Quantity and Quality


· New subsection “Defining Development” discusses the three crucial elements of the science of human development

· Increased focus on dynamic systems theory

· Issues and Applications: “My Name Wasnt Mary,” about the childhood of poet Maya Angelou

· New coverage of  mirror neurons

· New discussion of quantitative vs. qualitative research

· New discussion of  protection of research participants.

Chapter 2: Theories of Development

What Theories Do

Grand Theories

Psychoanalytic Theory


Thinking Like a Scientist: Whats a Mother For?

Cognitive Theory

Emergent Theories

Sociocultural Theory

Epigenetic Theory

In Person: My Beautiful, Hairless Babies

What Theories Contribute

The Nature-Nurture Controversy

No Answers Yet

· Expanded, updated coverage of epigenetic theory.

· Extensively revised discussion of selective adaptation with new examples.

· New subsection on nature-nurture interaction

Chapter 3:  Heredity and Environment

The Genetic Code

What Genes Are

The Beginnings of Life

Issues and Applications: Too Many Boys?

From One Cell to Many

New Cells, New Functions

Gene-Gene Interactions

More Complications

Issues and Applications: Ethical Dilemmas of Assisted Reproduction

From Genotype to Phenotype


Visual Acuity

Practical Applications

Chromosomal and Genetic Abnormalities

Not Exactly 46 Chromosomes

Genetic Counseling and Testing

Issues and Applications: Abort Everyone but a Dwarf?

·Expanded discussion of identical twins

· New coverage of cloning.

· New coverage of infertility and assisted reproductive technology, including In Person: “I Am Not Happy with Me,” about in vitro fertilization.

· New subsection “Visual Acuity,” on genetic and cultural factors in nearsightedness.

· New coverage of type 2 diabetes epidemic.

Chapter 4:  Prenatal Development and Birth

From Zygote to Newborn

Germinal: The First 14 Days

Embryo: From the Third Through the Eighth Month

Fetus: From the Ninth Week Until Birth

Risk Reduction

Determining Risk

Protective Measures

Thinking Like a Scientist: Too Slow?

Benefits of Prenatal Care

A Case to Study: “What Do People Live to Do?”

A Case to Study: “What Does That Say About Me?”

The Birth Process

The Newborns First Minutes

Variations in Birth


Social Support

A Case to Study: “Throw Him in a Dumpster”

· Updated data on preterm births.

· New subsection “Protective Measures,” on reducing the risks of teratogens.

· New subsection “Benefits of Prenatal Care,” focusing on diagnostic testing.

· Expanded coverage of anoxia, with a new subsection.

· Expanded and updated coverage of low birthweight.

· New:  A Case to Study: What Does That Say About Me?

Part II:  The First Two Years

Chapter 5:  The First Two Years: Biosocial Development

Body Changes

Body Size


Brain Development

Connections in the Brain

Experience Enhances the Brain

Usual and Unexpected Experiences

Implications for Caregivers

Thinking Like a Scientist: Plasticity and Orphans

Senses and Motor Skills

Sensation and Perception



Tasting, Smelling, and Touching

Motor Skills

Ethnic Variations

In Person: The Normal Berger Babies

Public Health Measures


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Issues and Applications: Customs and Advice


·New coverage of co-sleeping

·New subsection “Implications for Caregivers,” covering self-righting, plasticity, and sensitive periods in brain development.

·Expanded coverage of infant reflexes, walking, immunization; and  breast feeding.

Chapter 6:  The First Two Years: Cognitive Development

Sensorimotor Intelligence

Stages One and Two: Primary Circular Reactions

Stages Three and Four: Secondary Circular Reactions

Thinking Like a Scientist: Object Permanence Revisited

Stages Five and Six: Tertiary Circular Reactions

Piaget and Research Methods

Information Processing



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Berger, Kathleen Stassen
Worth Publishers
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Developmental - Lifespan Development
Developmental Psychology
Psychology : General
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Seventh Edition
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