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Developmental Science

An Advanced Textbook, Sixth Edition

Edited by Marc H. Bornstein, Michael E. Lamb

© 2011 – Psychology Press

752 pages

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Hardback: 9781848728714
pub: 2010-09-22

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Noted as one of the most comprehensive textbooks in the field, Developmental Science, 6th Edition introduces readers to all of areas in developmental psychology: neuroscience, genetics, perception, cognition, language, emotion, self, and social interaction. Each of the world-renowned contributors masterfully introduces the history and systems, methodologies, and measurement and analytic techniques used to understand the area of human development under review. The relevance of the field is illustrated through engaging applications in each chapter. As a whole, this highly-respected text illuminates substantive phenomena in developmental science, its applications across the life span, and its relevance to everyday life.

Each chapter has been substantially revised for this new edition to reflect the current state of the field and the new edition is now accompanied by a website. Students and instructors will find chapter outlines, topics to think about before reading the chapters, a glossary, and suggested readings with active reference links on the website. Electronic access to the text’s figures and tables, suggestions for classroom assignments and/or discussion, and a test bank with multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions is limited to instructors only. Two new chapters highlight many modern developments. Each chapter features an introduction, up-to-date overviews of the field, summary and conclusion, and numerous classical and contemporary references.

The book opens with an overview of developmental science -- its history and theory, the cultural orientation to thinking about human development, and the manner in which empirical research is designed, conducted, and analyzed. Part 2 focuses on the field’s major substantive areas: neuroscience and genetics, physical and motor skills, perception, and cognitive and language development. Part 3 examines personality and social development within the context of the various relationships and situations in which developing individuals function and by which they are shaped. The book concludes with a new chapter on the latest applications of developmental science. Ways in which developmental thinking and research affect and are affected by practice and social policy are particularly emphasized.

Used primarily as a graduate level text for courses on developmental psychology/science, life span, and/or human development, the book can also be used at the advanced undergraduate level. Researchers interested in staying abreast of the latest developments in the field also appreciate the book’s comprehensive nature.


"This edited volume presents exciting, comprehensive, and informative chapters by leading scholars in developmental science. Each chapter strikes an ideal balance in the presentation of classical theories, historical foundations, and cutting-edge research and findings. This volume will appeal to students, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from psychology and related disciplines interested in learning about the current landscape of developmental science." – Catherine Tamis-LeMonda, New York University, USA

"The latest edition of …Developmental Science continues the book’s longstanding tradition of providing the most current coverage of the most important topics in the field, authored by some of the disciplines’ most important scientists. This is the perfect textbook for an advanced course in human development." - Laurence Steinberg, Temple University, USA

"The latest edition of …Developmental Science is a welcome entry into the developmental marketplace. This volume provides in depth coverage and critical analyses of current research by leading researchers in the field and offers a valuable resource for advanced undergraduates, graduate students as well as developmental scholars. Highly recommended." - Ross D. Parke, University of California, Riverside, USA

"I find the content spectacular. The range of topics and the explanation of the science of development are superb …I would like to develop an advanced undergraduate or graduate seminar on the science of developmental psychology. I would use the book for that." - Rebecca Wood, Central Connecticut State University, USA

"This is an excellent reference book that no developmental graduate student or … researcher should be without." - Annie M. Cardell, Mountain State University, USA

"The major strength of Developmental Science is the detailed and advanced content provided across the chapters. Each provides a professional treatment of the ‘state-of-the-art’ in developmental science. …I would definitely recommend it to colleagues teaching at the graduate level." - Trey Buchanan, Wheaton College, USA

"Overall, this material is presented with a depth that is not found in most developmental textbooks. … I would recommend this book to my colleagues for course adoption and for personal use." - Lisa K. Hill, Hampton University, USA

"The authors and the editors of this impressive and instructive book have done a magnificent job. All the contributors give clear, interesting and highly informative accounts of current work in developmental psychology. The book is an ideal start for research students, and will also be extremely helpful to people teaching child development." - Peter Bryant, University of Oxford, UK

"Bornstein and Lamb present a scholarly and engaging survey of the field of developmental science. They have marshalled top scientists to write about their areas of expertise in a comprehensive and accessible way. There are topical chapters on neuroscience and children and the law, as well as new treatments of traditional areas like language acquisition and perception. Anyone interested in children and how they develop will enjoy this volume." - Usha Goswami, University of Cambridge, UK

"This is an excellent book. It provides final year undergraduates and postgraduates with an up-to-date overview of key areas in developmental psychology, written by world-leading researchers. The wide range of topics covered reflects the diversity of approaches and themes in 21st century developmental psychology." - Margaret Harris, Editor of British Journal of Developmental Psychology

Table of Contents

Part 1. Foundations of Developmental Science. R.M. Lerner, S. Lewin-Bizan, A.E. Alberts Warren, Concepts and Theories of Human Development. M. Cole, M. Packer, Culture in Development. D.P. Hartmann, K.E. Pelzel, C.B. Abbott, Design, Measurement, and Analysis in Developmental Research. Part 2. Neuroscience, Perceptual, Cognitive, and Language Development. M.H. Johnson, Developmental Neuroscience, Psychophysiology, and Genetics. K.E. Adolph, S.E. Berger, Physical and Motor Development. M.H. Bornstein, M.E. Arterberry, C. Mash, Perceptual Development. D.P. Birney, R. J. Sternberg, The Development of Cognitive Abilities. B. MacWhinney, Language Development. Part 3. Personality and The Social Contexts of Development. R.A. Thompson, A.C. Winer, R. Goodvin, The Individual Child: Temperament, Emotion, Self, and Personality. M.E. Lamb, C. Lewis, The Role of Parent-Child Relationships in Child Development. K.H. Rubin, R. Coplan, X. Chen, J. Bowker, K.L. McDonald, Peer Relationships in Childhood. J.S. Eccles, R.W. Roeser, School and Community Influences on Human Development. L.C. Malloy, M.E. Lamb, C. Katz, Children and the Law: Examples of Applied Developmental Psychology in Action.

About the Editors

Marc H. Bornstein is Editor of Parenting: Science and Practice and Senior Investigator and Head of Child and Family Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University. Bornstein was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and has received awards from the National Institutes of Health, American Psychological Association, the American Mensa Education and Research Foundation, and the Society for Research in Child Development, to name a few. Dr. Bornstein is coauthor of Development in Infancy, Development: Infancy through Adolescence, and Lifespan Development and general editor of The Crosscurrents in Contemporary Psychology Series and the Monographs in Parenting Series. He has also edited the Handbook of Parenting and the Handbook of Cultural Developmental Science as well as numerous other volumes.

Michael E. Lamb is Professor and Head of the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University. Dr. Lamb received the Association for Psychological Science’s James McKeen Cattell Award for Lifetime Contributions to Applied Psychological Research. He is the co-author of Development in Infancy, Socialization and Personality Development, Infant-Mother Attachment, Child Psychology Today, Investigative Interviews of Children, and Tell Me What Happened: Structured Investigative Interviews of Child Victims and Witnesses. In addition, he has edited many books including The Role of the Father in Child Development and he founded and co-edited Advances in Developmental Psychology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General