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Understanding Developmental Psychology (2nd Edition)

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Explorative, responsive and research-led, this ground-breaking textbook offers students invaluable insights into the passage of human development from birth to adulthood. Understanding Developmental Psychology engages...

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Explorative, responsive and research-led, this ground-breaking textbook offers students invaluable insights into the passage of human development from birth to adulthood. Understanding Developmental Psychology engages students from the outset with its conversational style, taking them on a fascinating journey through their own physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.

With a focus on developing critical thinking skills, the book encourages students to engage with cutting-edge research in areas such as replication, gender fluidity, the ageing global population, the implications of social media and recent breakthroughs in neurodevelopment. This textbook not only covers the foundations of developmental psychology but also offers a, fresh perspective on the latest developments in the field.

This comprehensive introduction is ideal for both undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in developmental psychology. Critical and accessible, the book connects students to the field of developmental psychology in an accessible and culturally inclusive way.

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  • A thematic approach to get students thinking about the process of development and why it proceeds as it does.
  • Packed full of global examples to highlight the importance of cultural diversity and the pressing need for more non-WEIRD research.
  • `Ethical and Methodological Issues' boxes to support students in conducting their own research and encourage them to consider the ethics and reliability of methodology.
  • `Ageing and Developmental Issues' boxes  to give students a broader outlook and consider the changes that happen in later life, not just childhood.
  • `Psychology in Action' boxes to help students understand how application of research to everyday life is essential.
  • A companion website with a range of student and instructor resources, including an instructor manual, comprehensive PowerPoint slides for each chapter, a lecturer test-bank, a student guide and more.

Studying Human Development
PART I: The Beginning of Life
Bodies and Brains
Infant Minds: Perception, Inference and Understanding in the First 18 Months
Growing Emotions: Social and Personal Development in the First 18 Months
PART II: Cognitive Development from Infancy to Adulthood
Language
Reasoning and Conceptual Understanding
Memory, Problem Solving and Mechanisms of Cognitive Development
Individual Differences in Cognition
PART III: Social and Emotional Development from Infancy to Adulthood
Understanding Other People
Personality and Identity
Social Relationships
Moral Development: Prosocial and Antisocial Behaviour
PART IV: Toward a new view of development
Some Final Comments.

  • Student guide: Includes tips on how to get the most of the textbook and invaluable study skills advice to help students prepare for exams.
  • Test yourself: Students can test their grasp on the material through online multiple choice quizzes.
  • Useful web links: Students can deepen their learning by exploring useful web links related to each chapter.

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STEPHANIE THORNTON taught Developmental Psychology for 25 years at the University of Sussex. Her research has covered a broad range of topics in social and cognitive development, with a focus on the processes through which new ideas, new understanding and new behaviours develop in both children and adults: theoretically intriguing topics that also have real practical implications. She is the author of Children Solving Problems (Harvard University Press, 1998) and Growing Minds (Palgrave, 2002) as well as Understanding Human Development (Palgrave, 2008). 

TEODORA GLIGA joined the School of Psychology at the University of East Anglia in 2018. In her research, she focuses on understanding how young...

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STEPHANIE THORNTON taught Developmental Psychology for 25 years at the University of Sussex. Her research has covered a broad range of topics in social and cognitive development, with a focus on the processes through which new ideas, new understanding and new behaviours develop in both children and adults: theoretically intriguing topics that also have real practical implications. She is the author of Children Solving Problems (Harvard University Press, 1998) and Growing Minds (Palgrave, 2002) as well as Understanding Human Development (Palgrave, 2008). 

TEODORA GLIGA joined the School of Psychology at the University of East Anglia in 2018. In her research, she focuses on understanding how young humans succeed in acquiring huge amounts of knowledge despite limited attention and memory. In particular, she investigates the role that caregivers and the children themselves have in actively creating learning experiences.



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