Human Development in the Twenty-First Century: Visionary Ideas from Systems Scientists / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521881975
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Fogel is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah. He has written and edited many books including Change Processes in Relationships: A Relational-Historical Research Approach (Cambridge, 2006).

Barbara J. King is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the College of William & Mary. She is the Editor of the Journal of Developmental Processes.

Stuart G. Shanker is Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at York University, Toronto where he is also President of the Council for Early Child Development and Director of the Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors     viii
Introduction: Why a dynamic systems approach to fostering human development?   Alan Fogel   Barbara J. King   Stuart G. Shanker     1
Dynamic relationships between genetics and environments     9
Developmental dynamics: the new view from the life sciences   Robert Lickliter     11
Genes, experience, and behavior   Timothy D. Johnston     18
How dynamic systems have changed our minds   Ken Richardson     25
Individual development as a system of coactions: implications for research and policy   Gilbert Gottlieb   Carolyn Tucker Halpern     41
Gene-environment interactions and inter-individual differences in rhesus monkey behavioral and biological development   Stephen J. Suomi     48
The dynamic system of the child in the family     55
Relationships that support human development   Alan Fogel     57
The impact of emotions and the emotional impact of a child's first words   Stuart G. Shanker     65
Emotional habits in brain and behavior: a window on personality development   Marc D. Lewis     72
Creating family love: an evolutionary perspective   Barbara J. King     81
The dynamic system of the child in social andphysical environment     89
The tempest: anthropology and human development   Peter Gow     91
An anthropology of human development: what difference does it make?   Christina Toren     104
The social child   Tim Ingold     112
Learning about human development from a study of educational failure   Gillian Evans     119
Dynamic views of education   Lynette Friedrich Cofer     128
Embodied communication in non-human animals   Barbara Smuts     136
Children in the living world: why animals matter for children's development   Gail F. Melson     147
Dynamic systems approaches to mental health     155
A dynamic developmental model of mental health and mental illness   Stanley I. Greenspan     157
Dyadic microanalysis of mother-infant communication informs clinical practice   Beatrice Beebe   Joseph Jaffe     176
Current problems of Japanese youth: some possible pathways for alleviating these problems from the perspective of dynamic systems theory   Alan Fogel   Masatoshi Kawai     188
A different way to help   George Downing     200
Why do siblings often turn out very differently?   Michael E. Kerr     206
A dynamic systems approach to understanding family and peer relationships: implications for effective interventions with aggressive youth   Isabela Granic     216
Prenatal substance exposure and human development   Daniel S. Messinger   Barry M. Lester     225
Conclusions and outlook     233
A dynamic systems approach to the life sciences   Alan Fogel   Stanley Greenspan   Barbara J. King   Robert Lickliter   Pedro Reygadas   Stuart G. Shanker   Christina Toren     235
Index     254
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