Theories of Developmental Psychology / Edition 5

Theories of Developmental Psychology / Edition 5

by Patricia H. Miller
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Theories of Developmental Psychology / Edition 5

In this superior new edition, Patricia Miller's widely acclaimed book offers the most current and comprehensive presentation of the main theories of developmental psychology available today.

The superb scholarship and incisive analyses, including an evaluation of the theories' strengths and weaknesses and excerpts from the theorists' work, are retained from previous editions. The text places the major theories of development in historical and contemporary context, giving readers breadth as well as depth of understanding.

New to The Third Edition

  • An exciting new chapter that integrates Vygotsky's theory, contextualism, ecological psychology, and cultural psychology
  • New material on Piaget in the last few years before his death
  • New views of strategies, capacity, and microgenetic changes
  • New discussion of issues of domain-specificity in information-processing, biological, and Piagetian theories
  • Extensive updating throughout

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429216340
Publisher: Worth Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/2009
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 518
Sales rank: 988,785
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

  • New coverage of developmental cascade—the effect of a child’s relationship with their parent on their teenage and adult relationships later in life.
  • New discussion of the effect of experience on the brain in regard to language development.

2. Piaget’s Cognitive-Stage Theory and the Neo-Piagetians

  • New discussion of Piaget’s theories of memory, the cognitive abilities of infants, social and emotional development, in light of current research.
  • New Discussion of Kurt Fischer’s dynamic structuralism
  • New discussion of developmental cognitive neuroscience and the role of new neuroimaging methods.
  • Thoroughly revised contemporary research section.

3. Freud’s and Erikson’s Psychoanalytic Theories

  • New coverage of recent theoretical work attempting to bring together contemporary attachment theory and psychoanalytic approaches
  • Discussion of new predictive models generated by methodological and statistical breakthroughs on the effects of early social and emotional experiences on later development
  • Thoroughly revise contemporary research section
  • New coverage and research regarding identity development and the influence of racial and economic stratification.

4. Vygotsky and the Sociocultural Approach

  • New coverage of how culture affects intellectual functioning including the effect of communication technologies.
  • New discussion of research on the development of private speech.
  • New discussion of how perception of intelligence varies by culture.
  • New discussion of sensitivity of social cultural theorists to cultural differences.
  • New discussion of problem based learning in the Applications section.
  • Thouroughly update contemporary research section including new research on collaborative problem solving and cross-cultural research. And three new subsections Social Change elaborating on effects of social and cultural change on development; Immigrant Families exploring the process of development in the context of adapting to a new culture; and current trends in cultural psychological research discussing research aimed at exploring more specific dimensions of culture.

5. Biological Approaches: Ethology, Evolution, Neuroscience, Genetics

  • Chapter has been fully revised to focus on biological approaches to development including all-new sections (Developmental Neuroscience, Genetics, and Integrated Multilevel Biological Perspectives) with discussion of epigenetic models, neuroimaging, neurogenetics and more.

6. Social Learning Theory

  • Updated discussion of collective efficacy
  • New discussion of moral disengagement in regard to cyberbullying.
  • New discussion of Coercive caretaker-child interactions in early development and effects on later behavioral problems in school.
  • Throughly updated contemporary research section to include to new research on the role of imitation in learning including discussion of discovery of action mirroring, and the mirror neuron system as well as preschooler selective observational learning based on their perceived trust of the person they are learning from.

7. Information-Processing Theory

  • New material on memory research in regard to negative events, for example abuse, and new research on the effects of multitasking on memory.
  • Contemporary research section has been fully updated to discuss executive function, cognitive neuroscience, embodied cognition, Bayesian models, statistical learning, and developmental robotics.

8. Gibson’s Ecological Theory of Perceptual Development

  • Contemporary research section has been fully revised, including new discussion of infants motor development and research advances made possible by neuroimaging.

9. Theories Today: Themes and Reflections

  • New coverage of theory of mind research, dynamic systems theory, and all new section on Core Knowledge theories.



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