Introduction to Infant Development

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-12
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Infants may seem to do little more than eat, sleep, and play. Yet behind this misleadingly simplistic facade occurs an awe-inspiring process of development through which infants make sense of, and learn how to interact with the world around them. Written by leading researchers in the field, Introduction to Infant Development, Second Edition, provides fascinating insight into the psychological development of infants. This new edition captures the latest research in the field, with new chapters on perceptual and cognitive development as well as memory development; the text also examines the role of gender, culture, and social class in infant development. The coverage of language development and motor development has also been revised to account for the latest research. With enhanced pedagogical features throughout and a new Online Resource Center, Introduction to Infant Development is the ideal teaching and learning tool for those studying this intriguing field.

Table of Contents

History and Methods
A Brief History of Infancy Research
Our earliest memories
Baby diaries
Coming of age: towards the present day
The first studies: social development
The next studies: attentional and cognitive development
The last studies: emotional development
Key issues in infancy research
Basic Methods in Infant Research
How do researchers figure out what non-verbal infants know and feel?
Sensory capacities
Cognition and learning
Social-emotional behavior
The Foundations of Development
Prenatal Development
Key issues
Physical development
Behavior of the fetus
Fetal senses
Fetal learning
Functions of behavior
Birth and labor
Newborn senses
Motor Development in Infancy
Overview by Alan Slater
Theories of motor development
Systems theories
The role of experience and learning
The Development of the Senses
Theories, questions, and methods
Hearing--sound, voices and speech
Visual perception
Posture and balance
Co-ordination between the senses
From sensation to perception to cognition
Cognitive Development
The Growth of Intelligence in Infancy
The Piagetian approach
The information processing approach
The psychometric approach
An integration of approaches
Historical views briefly considered
Categorization in infants
What kinds of categories do infants represent?
Current issues
Concluding remarks
Space and Objects
Nature and nurture again: the problem of the missing dimensions
Object perception
Language Development: From Speech Perception to First Words
Perceiving distinctions among speech sounds
Coping with variability
The role of experience in the development of phonetic categories
How linguistic experience affects other aspects of speech processing
Extracting and learning the sounds of words
Statistics and rules
Social and Emotional Development
How Infants Perceive Faces
Are faces special to infants?
Infant face recognition
Infant preferences for different types of faces
Perceiving emotional expressions
Role of faces for social development
Early Emotional DevelopmencMichael Lewis
A model of emotional development
Early or primary emotions
Self-conscious emotions
Self-conscious evaluative emotions
Social DevelopmencMichael Lewis
Social nexus
People in the infant's
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