Consistent with preceding volumes in this series, the contributors represent a variety of disciplines related to the theme of the conference and the ensuing volume. In the present instance, the theme is biological and neuropsychological mechanisms in life-span psychological development and the disciplines represented are behavioral medicine, neurology, neuropsychology, psychophysiology, and psychology. The theme is expressed in theories and findings about genetic and environmental mechanisms; brain mechanisms; relations of physiological functioning in infancy to later development; physiological risk factors in infancy, adolescence, and old age; methodological and data analytic problems; and issues about the validity of neuropsychological assessment. This volume begins with overviews of theoretical and methodological issues and continues with chapters dealing with selected portions of the life span.
"…a timely illustration of how both nature and nurture are essential in understanding life span development….has the potential to stimulate thought and discussion and serve as a mechanism to braoden the thinking of each of us beyond our specialty area….would be a good adjunct to a developmental psychology text or a useful platform to include in a seminar style graduate school course, a journal club, or a departmental seminar."
"the volume is an important contribution to the development of an integrated, interdisciplinary understanding of how biological and neuropsychological mechanisms operate, develop, andimpact on development across the life-span."
—Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography
"Overall, I give this text a reserved "thumbs up." I can recommend it, in part, because of some excellent chapters, and that the book is an attempt to serve the need for a major resouce umbrella within our subdiscipline of pediatric and child neuropsychology."
—Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
Contents: Preface. S. Scarr, The Development of Individual Differences in Intelligence and Personality. J.R. Nesselroade, J.J. McArdle, On the Mismatching of Levels of Abstraction in Mathematical-Statistical Model Fitting. M.D. Franzen, P.A. Arnett, The Validity of Neuropsychological Assessment Procedures. D.L. Molfese, V.J. Molfese. L.A. Gill, S. Benshoff, Correlates of Language Development: Electrophysiological and Behavioral Measures. C.A. Nelson, Electrophysiological Correlates of Memory Development in the First Year of Life. D.E. Tupper, Neurological Risk Factors and Soft Signs in Early Neuropsychological Development. S.W. Porges, J.A. Doussard-Roosevelt, Early Physiological Patterns and Later Behavior. M. Kinsbourne, The Development of Lateralization. R.J. McCaffrey, C.A. Forneris, Adolescent Substance Abuse: A Biopsychosocial Perspective. R.W. Keefover, E.D. Rankin, Age-Related Risk Factors for Cognitive Impairment.