Life Span Development: A Topical Approach

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This book is available with MyDevelopmentLab, which includes a full eText, videos, self-tests, flashcards, and MyVirtualChild- the interactive simulation which allows you to raise a virtual child from birth to age 18, and monitor the effects of your parenting decisions.

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Feldman, Lifespan Development: A Topical Approach

Carol LaLiberte - Asnuntuck Community College

The opening prologue was very effective and relevant to my college students' lives. To recap and refer to this at the end in the epilogue really ties the learning together. This text is extremely comprehensive, tackling current issues such as the amount of stress on young children as a result of testing and the effects of homework on school children.

Suzy Horton - Mesa Community College

These (features in Feldman) are excellent and the format makes them stand out and more likely to be read by students for their unique content. I especially like the neuroscience features. This makes the textbook very current.

Michelle Clark — James Madison University

I found this to be a real strength of the text-- the research was very much up to date.

Feldman's modules were more user-friendly and overall I think he does a better job of conveying the applicability of material to the students' own lives.

Janine Buckner — Seton Hall University

The writing is practical and clear (with insight and humor to boot!) AND effective. It is an engaging resource.

James Guinee - University of Central Arkansas

The Feldman text is one of the better texts on the market today, and I have been eagerly waiting a topically organized text for lifespan development.

Salvador Macias - University of South Carolina Sumter

I found the writing very interesting and well organized.

Elaine Cassel - Lord Fairfax Community College

Nice writing style. The chapters are clear, interesting, and well-organized and I like the examples. I think there are a sufficient number of examples.

Sandra Sego - American International College

The most compelling thing about the text is that it is clear and easy to read.

Carolyn Fallahi - Central Connecticut State University

Easy to understand language. Interesting, real world questions lead each major section.

Jackie Goldstein - Samford University

Very clear AND thorough.

Robert Stennett - Gainesville State College

This is a very well-written textbook. It will enjoy wide appeal to students and faculty alike. It covers relevant information in a readable and entertaining way, with real-life examples that most students can relate to their own lives.

Ronnie Naramore - Angelina College

The number of real world examples was impressive. The research cited is very up-to-date and accurate.

Diane Wille - IU Southeast

The research is current and accurate. I was impressed with the number of new studies used to explain and expand the concepts.

Kathleen Rudasill - University of Louisville

Strongly interested; this has excellent potential for my course

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205759569
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Series: MyDevelopmentLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 534
  • Sales rank: 1,399,651
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert S. Feldman is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A recipient of the College Distinguished Teacher Award, he teaches psychology classes ranging in size from 15 to nearly 500 students. During the course of more than two decades as a college instructor, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, Virginia Commonwealth University, in addition to the University of Massachusetts.

Professor Feldman, who initiated the Minority Mentoring Program at the University of Massachusetts, also has served as a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and Senior Online Teaching Fellow. He initiated distance learning courses in psychology at the University of Massachusetts

A Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, Professor Feldman received a B.A. with High Honors from Wesleyan University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award, and he has written more than 100 books, book chapters, and scientific articles. He has edited Development of Nonverbal Behavior in Children (Springer-Verlag), Applications of Nonverbal Behavioral Theory and Research (Erlbaum), and co-edited Fundamentals of Nonverbal Behavior (Cambridge University Press). He is also author of Child Development, Understanding Psychology, and P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life. His books have been translated into a number of languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese. His research interests include honesty and deception in everyday life and the use of nonverbal behavior in impression management, and his research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research.

Professor Feldman loves music, is an enthusiastic pianist, and enjoys cooking and traveling. He has three children, and he and his wife, a psychologist, live in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. An Orientation to Lifespan Development

Module 1. Determining The Nature–And Nurture–Of Lifespan Development

Module 2. Theoretical Perspectives

Module 3. Research in Lifespan Development


Chapter 2. Genetics, Prenatal Development, and Birth

Module 4. Foundations of Genetics

Module 5. The Interaction of Heredity and Environment

Module 6. Prenatal Growth and Birth

Chapter 3. Physical Growth and Aging Across The Lifespan

Module 7. Physical Growth and Change

Module 8. Motor Development

Module 9. Perceptual Development

Chapter 4. Health and Wellness

Module 10. Stress and Coping

Module 11. Illness and Well-Being

Module 12. Promoting Health and Wellness


Chapter 5. Cognitive Growth: Piaget And Vygotsky

Module 13. Principles of Cognitive Development

Module 14. Piaget’s Approach to Cognitive Development

Module 15. Vygotsky’s View of Cognitive Development

Chapter 6. Cognitive Growth: Information Processing Approaches

Module 16. The Basics of Information Processing

Module 17. Memory

Module 18. Applying Information Processing Approaches

Chapter 7. Language Development

Module 19. The Origins of Language

Module 20. The Course of Language Development

Module 21. Culture and Language

Chapter 8. Intelligence

Module 22. Intelligence: Determining Individual Strengths

Module 23. Controversies Involving Intelligence

Module 24. Intellectual Disabilities and the Intellectually Gifted


Chapter 9. Social and Emotional Development

Module 25. Forging Early Social Relationships

Module 26. Emotional Development

Module 27. Personality

Chapter 10. Development of the Self

Module 28. The Development of the Self

Module 29. Evaluating the Self

Module 30. Picking An Occupation: Choosing Life’s Work

Chapter 11. Moral Development and Aggression

Module 31. Developing Morality

Module 32. Spirituality and Religion

Module 33. Aggression and Violence

Chapter 12. Gender and Sexuality

Module 34. Gender: Why Do Boys Wear Blue And Girls Wear Pink?

Module 35. Sexual Maturation and Sexuality

Module 36. Relationships

Chapter 13. Friends and Family

Module 37. Social Relationships Across the Lifespan

Module 38 .Lifestyles

Module 39. Family Life

Chapter 14. Schooling, Culture, and Society: Living in a Multicultural World

Module 40. Schooling and Lifetime Learning

Module 41. Leisure

Module 42. A Multicultural World


Chapter 15. Death and Grieving: The End of Life

Module 43. Dying and Death Across the Lifespan

Module 44. Confronting Death

Module 45. Grief and Bereavement

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