Life-Span Human Development / Edition 7

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Overview

Carol Sigelman uses a topical approach blended with an age/stage approach to present life-span development as a motion picture rather than a series of snapshots. In this book, students will find numerous real-life examples and analogies that take the mystery out of the human life experience. Sigelman's clear, straightforward writing makes even the most complex topics accessible. Thoroughly
updated with the latest research, the book emphasizes how nature and nurture interact over the life span to bring about normal and abnormal developmental changes.
This new edition features multimedia ancillary products that you'll find helpful and your students will find engaging. Developmental Psychology Videos and Web Resources for Developmental Psychology bring concepts to life and make studying a truly interactive experience. In addition, you'll find new pedagogy including "Food for Thought" questions and a reorganized list of key terms at theEND of each chapter. The book's strong research base is evident in the hundreds of new citations added to this edition. Plus, new four-color signatures and a larger trim size offer a more open, easy-to-read format on every page.
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A topically organized, research-based text covering the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of human development, with attention given to all periods of the life span. Discusses theories of human development, environmental influences, perception, gender roles and sexuality, motivation, lifestyles, and psychological disorders throughout the lifespan. This second edition covers cognitive and language development in separate chapters, and emphasizes interactions between nature and nurture in relation to genes, hormones, and other biological forces. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From The Critics
This text provides an introduction to human development across the lifespan. Each theory or topic is discussed in relation to infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. A sampling of topics: individual heredity, the nervous system, cognition, learning theories, personality development, social relationships, developmental psychopathology, and the family system. The volume concludes with a discussion of death, dying, and bereavement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111342739
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: PSY 232 Developmental Psychology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 111,441
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

1. UNDERSTANDING LIFE-SPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. What Is Development? How Do People View The Life Span? What Is the Science of Life-Span Development? How Is Developmental Research Conducted? What Problems Arise in Studying Development? Summary Points. Food for Thought. On the Web. Key Terms. 2. THEORIES OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. The Nature of Theories. Basic Issues in Human Development. Freud: Psychoanalytic Theory. Erikson: Neo-Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory. Learning Theory. Cognitive-Developmental Theory. Contextual Theory. Theories and World Views. Applications: Developmental Theory and Teenage Pregnancy. Clarifying Your Own Theoretical Perspective. Summary Points. Food for Thought. On the Web. Key Terms. 3. THE GENETICS OF LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT. Species Heredity, Evolution, and Human Development. Individual Heredity. Studying Genetic and Environmental Influences. Accounting for Individual Differences. Heredity and Environment: A Closer Look. Applications: Genetic Counseling and Engineering. Summary Points. Food for Thought. On the Web. Key Terms. 4. EARLY ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES ON LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT. Development in the Prenatal Environment. The Perinatal Environment. The Early Postnatal Environment. Risk and Resilience. Applications: Getting Life Off to a Good Start. Summary Points. Food for Thought. On the Web. Key Terms. 5. THE PHYSICAL SELF. TheENDocrine System. The Nervous System. The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Applications: Optimizing Healthy Development. Summary Points. Food for Thought. On the Web. Key Terms. 6. PERCEPTION. Issues of Nature and Nurture. The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Applications: Aiding Peoplewith Hearing Impairments. Summary Points. Food for Thought. On the Web. Key Terms. 7. COGNITION AND LANGUAGE. Piaget's Approach to Cognitive Development. The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Piaget in Perspective. Vygotsky's Sociocultural Perspective. Mastering Language. Summary Points. Food for Thought. On the Web. Key Terms. 8. LEARNING AND INFORMATION PROCESSING. Basic Learning Processes. The Information-Processing Approach. The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Applications: Improving Memory. Summary Points. Food for Thought. Key Terms. 9. INTELLIGENCE AND CREATIVITY. What Is Intelligence? How Is Intelligence Measured? The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Factors that Influence IQ Scores. The Extremes of Intelligence. Creativity and Special Talents. Applications: Boosting Intellectual Performance Across the Life Span. Summary Points. Food for Thought. Key Terms. 10. SELF-CONCEPTIONS AND PERSONALITY. Conceptualizing the Self. The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Applications: Boosting Self-Esteem. Summary Points. Food for Thought. Key Terms. 11. GENDER ROLES AND SEXUALITY. Male and Female. The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Sexuality over the Life Span. Applications: Changing Gender-Role Attitudes and Behavior. Summary Points. Food for Thought. Key Terms. 12. SOCIAL COGNITION AND MORALITY. Social Cognition. Perspectives on Moral Development. The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development in Perspective. Applications: Combatting Youth Violence. Summary Points. Food for Thought. Key Terms. 13. ATTACHMENT AND SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS. Perspectives on Relationships. The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Applications: Building Good Relationships. Summary Points. Food for Thought. Key Terms. 14. FAMILY. Understanding the Family. The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Diversity in Family Life. Applications: Confronting the Problem of Family Violence. Summary Points. Food for Thought. Key Terms. 15. ACHIEVEMENTS. Achievement Motivation. The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Applications: Improving the Quality of Education. Summary Points. Food for Thought. Key Terms. 16. PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS THROUGHOUT THE LIFE SPAN. What Makes Development Abnormal? The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Applications: Treating Psychological Disorders. Is Psychopathology Adaptive? Summary Points. Food for Thought. Key Terms. 17. THE FINAL CHALLENGE: DEATH AND DYING. Life and Death Issues. The Experience of Dying. The Experience of Bereavement: An Attachment Model. The Infant. The Child. The Adolescent. The Adult. Applications: Taking the Sting out of Death. Summary Points. Food for Thought. Key Terms. EPILOGUE: FITTING THE PIECES TOGETHER. Major Trends in Human Development. Major Themes in Human Development.
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