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Edition after edition, Berger's highly praised, bestselling text opens students' eyes to the ways children grow—and the ways that growth is investigated and interpreted by developmentalists. Staying true to the hallmarks that have defined Berger's vision from the outset, the Eighth Edition again redefines excellence in a child development textbook, combining thoughtful interpretations of the latest science with new skill-building pedagogy and media tools that can revolutionize classroom and study time.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Zooming In and Zooming Out
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Depression and the Brain
A CASE TO STUDY: Plasticity and My Nephew David
Applying the Scientific Method
Cautions from Science
Chapter 2. Theories of Development
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: What’s a Mother For?
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: My Beautiful, Hairless Babies
Useful Application of Theories
Chapter 3. Heredity and Environment
The Genetic Code
Sex, Multiple Births, and Fertility
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: IVF and Multiple Births
From One Cell to Many
Genotype and Phenotype
Chromosomal and Genetic Abnormalities
Genetic Counseling and Testing
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Genetic Testing for Psychological Disorders
Chapter 4. Prenatal Development and Birth
From Zygote to Newborn
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Jail Those Drunken Women?
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: "What Do People Live to Do?"
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: "You’d Throw Him in a Dumpster"
Chapter 5. The First Two Years: Biosocial Development
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Plasticity and Deprivation
Sensation and Movement
Public Health Measures
Chapter 6. The First Two Years: Cognitive Development
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Object Permanence Revisited
Information Processing Language: What Develops in the First Two Years?
Chapter 7. The First Two Years: Psychosocial Development
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: Parents on Autopilot
Theories About Infant Psychosocial Development
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: "Let’s Go to Grandma’s"
The Development of Social Bonds
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: The Still-Face Technique
Conclusions in Theory and Practice
Chapter 8. Early Childhood: Biosocial Development
Injuries and Abuse
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: "My Baby Swallowed Poison"
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: A Series of Suspicious Events
Chapter 9. Early Childhood: Cognitive Development
Piaget and Vygotsky
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: Mommy the Brat
Chapter 10. Early Childhood: Psychosocial Development
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Planning Punishment
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: Berger and Freud
Chapter 11. The School Years: Biosocial Development
A Healthy Time
Children with Special Needs
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE:: Billy: Dynamo or Dynamite?
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Overdosing and Underdosing
Chapter 12. The School Years: Cognitive Development
Building on Theory
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: SES and Language Learning
Teaching and Learning
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: International Achievement Tests
13. The School Years: Psychosocial Development
The Peer Group
Families and Children
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: I Always Dressed One in Blue Stuff
The Nature of the Child