Theories of Developmental Psychology

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-02-15
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers

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Theories of Developmental Psychology is the ideal book for anyone interested in an insightful, in-depth look at child development. With her engaging tone and exceptional scholarship, Patricia Miller illustrates what is exciting about each theory she presents and how it contributes to a broader understanding of developmental psychology. Revised to reflect the latest empirical and theoretical findings as well as our changing world Theories of Developmental Psychology 6th edition provides the most current and balanced presentation of developmental theory available today.

New to the 6th edition:

· New coverage of biological approaches to development throughout the text and featured in an expanded Chapter 5, Biological Approaches: Ethology, Evolution, Neuroscience, and Genetics.

· New section, Immigrant Families, exploring the process of development in the context of adapting to a new culture.

· New section, Social Change, exploring how shifts in demographics, advances in information and communication technologies, and globalization effect development.

· New sections, Mathematical Understanding, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Embodied Cognition, Bayesian Computational Models and Developmental Robotics in the Chapter 6, Information Processing Theory, presenting the most up-to-date research and trends.

· New coverage of theoretical approaches to atypical development, such as autism spectrum disorderspsychopathologybullying, and altered stress regulation systems.

· New focus on the "state-of-the-art" in developmental theorizing today in the newly titled Chapter 9, Theories Today: Themes and Perspectives, with new coverage of Theory of Mind research, Dynamic Systems theory, and all new section on Core Knowledge theories.

Author Biography

Dr. Miller (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is professor of psychology at San Francisco State University. She has held faculty positions at the University of Michigan, the University of Florida, and the University of Georgia and also has served as Department Head, Associate Dean, and Director of Women’s Studies. Her research focuses on cognitive development during childhood. More specifically, she studies cognitive strategies, executive function, metacognition, memory, attention, social cognitive development, theory of mind, and gender. Her theoretical interests include theories of development and feminist theories of knowledge. One current topic of interest, the effects of exercise on children’s executive function and school achievement, is funded by NIH.

Table of Contents


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

Freud’s and Erikson’s Psychoanalytic Theories

Vygotsky and the Sociocultural Approach

Social Learning Theory

Information-Processing Theory

Ethology and Other Evolutionary Theories

Gibson’s Ecological Theory of Perceptual Development

Contemporary Minitheories and Emerging Approaches

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