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Life-span Human Development - Text Only (5TH 06 - Old Edition)by Carol K. Sigelman
Synopses & Reviews
Known for its clear, straightforward writing style, comprehensive coverage, strong and current research-based approach, and excellent visuals and tables, LIFE-SPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT offers sections on four life stages: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Each chapter focuses on a domain of development such as physical growth, cognition, or personality, and traces developmental trends and influences in that domain from infancy to old age. This unique, topical organization helps you comprehend the processes of transformation occurring in each key area of human development. The new edition includes a clear focus on the complex interactions of nature and nurture in development, more integrated coverage of culture and diversity, and an exciting new media package for students.
Book News Annotation:
Following a more topical than chronological organization, this psychology textbook introduces the psychoanalytic, learning, cognitive, and contextual theories of human development, examines the development of basic human capacities, and describes the development of the self in society. The fifth edition focuses on the nature- nurture issue and incorporates recent research findings.
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Written in a clear, straightforward style, LIFE-SPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT provides the comprehensive coverage that you need to do well in this course. Each chapter focuses on a domain of development (such as physical growth, cognition, or personality) and includes information on four life stages: Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood. Features included throughout the text help you chunk material into manageable portions, master the skills required to understand research data, and understand the processes of transformation that occur in key areas of human development.
About the Author
Carol K. Sigelman (Ph.D., George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University) is professor of psychology at The George Washington University and until recently associate vice president for research and graduate studies and then graduate studies and academic affairs there. She earned her bachelor's degree from Carleton College and a double-major doctorate in English and psychology from George Peabody College for Teachers. She has also been on the faculty at Texas Tech University, Eastern Kentucky University (where she won her college's Outstanding Teacher Award), and the University of Arizona. She has taught courses in child, adolescent, adult, and life-span development and has published research on such topics as the communication skills of individuals with developmental disabilities, the development of stigmatizing reactions to children and adolescents who are different, and children's emerging understandings of diseases and psychological disorders. Through a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, she and her colleagues studied children's intuitive theories of AIDS and developed and evaluated a curriculum to correct their misconceptions and convey the facts of HIV infection. With a similar grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, she explored children's and adolescents' understandings of the effects of alcohol and drugs on body, brain, and behavior. For fun, she enjoys hiking, biking, discovering good movies, and communing with her cats.Elizabeth (Betty) Rider is professor of psychology at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. After earning her degree in developmental psychology at Vanderbilt University, she taught at the University of North Carolina at Asheville for several years before moving back to her home state of Pennsylvania more than fifteen years ago. She regularly teaches Psychology of Women and Developmental Psychology courses to undergraduates at an institution where student learning is the number one priority. She has been awarded exceptional performance distinctions nearly every year for her work in or out of the classroom. When not writing or teaching, this single mom devotes her energies to raising her son and working outdoors.
Table of Contents
1. Understanding Life-Span Human Development. 2. Theories of Human Development. 3. Genes, Environment, and Development. 4. Prenatal Development and Birth. 5. Health and Physical Development. 6. Perception. 7. Cognition. 8. Memory and Information Processing. 9. Intelligence and Creativity. 10. Language and Education. 11. Self and Personality. 12. Gender Roles and Sexuality. 13. Social Cognition and Moral Development. 14. Attachment and Social Relationships. 15. The Family. 16. Developmental Psychopathology. 17. The Final Challenge: Death and Dying. Appendix: Careers in Human Development. Glossary. References. Author Index. Subject Index.
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