Development in Infancy reflects many new discoveries that have transformed our understanding of infants and their place in human development, with an emphasis on 21st century research. Organized topically, the book covers physical, perceptual, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development, in addition to describing theories of development, contexts of development, research methods, and implications of research in infancy for social policies and interventions. Key issues in infancy studies—those having to do with how nature and nurture transact and with interrelations among diverse domains of development—are woven throughout the book. The text also emphasizes infancy as a unique stage of the life cycle.
The new edition features new key point summaries at the end of most sections, definitions of boldfaced terms in the margins, and invitations to engage in retrieval practice at the end of each chapter. Each chapter also features Set for Life? text boxes that explore events and developments in infancy that reverberate in later development. This edition also features a new full-color design and over 100 figures, tables, and photos. The text is written in a clear and engaging style and is approachable for students with varying academic backgrounds and experiences.
Development in Infancy is the authoritative text for undergraduate and graduate courses on infant development or early child development taught in departments of psychology, child development, education, nursing, and social work. The text is supported by Support Material that features a robust set of instructor and student resources.
"The 6th edition of Development of Infancy adds to the already considerable strengths of the previous editions by increasing its accessibility and incorporating helpful key points and retrieval practices to consolidate learning. The book provides outstanding coverage of all of the key areas of development in the first years of life. The authors improve engagement by applying elegantly research findings and theories to social policy, education, and parenting. It remains the definitive textbook on infancy." David H. Rakison, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
"The new edition of Development in Infancy by Martha Arterberry and Marc Bornstein is the book that every educator in infant development has been anticipating. This comprehensive and accessible textbook brilliantly explores the fascinating journey of infant development, with a strong emphasis on the infant's interaction with its caregiver/context. What sets this book apart is its eloquent and precise narrative, making it equally appealing to both students and professors. I particularly appreciate the key points tables at the end of each section, which will undoubtedly be a hit among students. Development in Infancy is an invaluable resource that seamlessly combines scholarship with readability." Professor Gianluca Esposito, University of Trento, Italy
"A comprehensive and concise book by erudite and perspicacious authors, brimming with fountains of knowledge and oceans of insights, all expertly constructed with consummate artistry and impeccable craftmanship. From the emergence of a nonspeaking newborn to a fully realized and cognitively agile child, these twelve chapters traverse the realms of motor skills, perception, cognition, language, emotion, and social interactions, adeptly interwoven to form a seamless tapestry of Development in Infancy. I am particularly enamored by, wholeheartedly endorse, and ardently champion the conscious incorporation of biological perspectives and content within this enlightening compendium of developmental psychology." Lei Chang, University of Macau, China
"Arterberry and Bornstein's Development in Infancy is a fascinating journey into the field of child development. This comprehensive work brilliantly navigates through essential topics, from nature vs. nurture to intricate aspects of cognition, emotion, and social-cognition. The systemic and ecological approaches provide a rich framework for understanding the complexities of infancy. The authors invite us to consider the infant as a whole within the environment in which development proceeds through space and time. This book is a compass for students approaching developmental science and a must-read for anyone passionate about unravelling the mysteries of early human development." Livio Provenzi, University of Pavia, Italy
"Development in Infancy has been a premier text on infant development for decades. It has always offered the perfect balance of breadth and depth on key aspects of infant development This sixth edition introduces a number of new pedagogical features to increase engagement and accessibility, such as retrieval practices at the end of each chapter. It also includes up-to-date coverage of essential research and theories, including a new section on social cognition. Still the strongest text in the field!" Diane Poulin-Dubois, Professor of Psychology, Concordia University
"The 6th edition of Development in Infancy is an indispensable resource for instructors and students of early child development, at both the beginner and advanced levels. Arterberry and Bornstein expertly organize the numerous topics and questions pertinent to infants’ development; they elucidate each issue in a clear and captivating manner; and they integrate the different aspects, perspectives, and findings – both classical and state-of-the-art, into a coherent whole. With an optimal balance between breadth and depth, this book skillfully guides the reader toward a profound understanding of infancy." Maayan Davidov, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
"The 6th Edition of Development in Infancy is a welcome update to what has been a classic for teaching infant development. The revised version is easily accessible and provides comprehensive coverage of the methods and scientific advances that describe the amazing capabilities of human infants. The text covers the essential developmental principles of nature versus nurture, continuity and discontinuity, and sensitive periods while providing a rich discussion of the unfolding of social, emotional, cognitive and language development over the early years of life. This newest edition has been updated with full color displays and tables underscoring the key points and key terms of each chapter and continues to be an invaluable resource for students and professionals alike wanting an in-depth introduction to human infancy." Brenda Volling, University of Michigan, USA
"This book on infant development is comprehensive yet very accessible. Reviewing classic theories and experiments as well as brand new research, Arterberry and Bornstein provide an engaging overview of infants’ developmental journey through their first years of life. Aware of the hurdles in infant research and stressing the crucial importance of replication, the authors highlight converging evidence that infants arrive in the world as social partners ready to interact with it, and refine their skills to do so at remarkable speed." Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg, William James Center of Research, ISPA, Lissabon, Portugal