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Essays in Developmental Psychology


About the Series

Essays in Developmental Psychology is designed to meet the need for rapid publication of brief volumes in developmental psychology.

The series defines developmental psychology in its broadest terms and covers such topics as social development, cognitive development, developmental neuropsychology and neuroscience, language development, learning difficulties, developmental psychopathology and applied issues.

Each volume in the series makes a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing and synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions.

Authors in this series provide an overview of their own highly successful research program, but they also include an assessment of current knowledge and identification of possible future trends in research.

Each book is a self-contained unit supplying the advanced reader with a coherent review of important research as well as its context, theoretical grounding and implications.

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Understanding Children’s Worry Clinical, Developmental and Cognitive Psychological Perspectives

Understanding Children’s Worry: Clinical, Developmental and Cognitive Psychological Perspectives

1st Edition

By Charlotte Wilson
December 22, 2020

This accessible guide offers a concise introduction to the science behind worry in children, summarising research from across psychology to explore the role of worry in a range of circumstances, from everyday worries to those that can seriously impact children’s lives. Wilson draws on theories ...

Autism and the Development of Mind

Autism and the Development of Mind

1st Edition

By R. Peter Hobson
February 27, 1995

The purpose of this essay is to illustrate how the phenomenon of early childhood autism may cast light on issues that are central to our Understanding Of Normal Child Development - Issues Such As The Emotional origins of social experience and social understanding, the contribution of interpersonal ...

Family Narratives and the Development of an Autobiographical Self Social and Cultural Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory

Family Narratives and the Development of an Autobiographical Self: Social and Cultural Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory

1st Edition

By Robyn Fivush
February 18, 2019

Stories are central to our world. We form our families, our communities, and our nations through stories. It is through stories of our everyday experiences that each of us constructs an autobiographical self, a narrative identity, that confers a sense of coherence and meaning to our individual ...

3-System Theory of the Cognitive Brain A Post-Piagetian Approach to Cognitive Development

3-System Theory of the Cognitive Brain: A Post-Piagetian Approach to Cognitive Development

1st Edition

By Olivier Houdé
February 05, 2019

3-System Theory of the Cognitive Brain: A Post-Piagetian Approach to Cognitive Development puts forward Olivier Houdé’s 3-System theory of the cognitive brain, based on numerous post-Piagetian psychological and brain imaging data acquired from children and adults. This ground-breaking theory ...

Approaches to the Development of Moral Reasoning

Approaches to the Development of Moral Reasoning

1st Edition

By Peter E. Langford
April 10, 1995

The first part of the book offers a survey of current approaches to the development of moral reasoning: those of Freud, ego psychology, Piaget and Kohlberg. The approach of Kohlberg has been popular because he was able to give an impressive account of findings from the key method of interviews, the...

The Understanding of Causation and the Production of Action From Infancy to Adulthood

The Understanding of Causation and the Production of Action: From Infancy to Adulthood

1st Edition

By Peter Anthony White
February 22, 1995

This text is an attempt to trace out a line of development in the understanding of how things happen, from origins in infancy to mature forms in adulthood. There are two distinct but related ways in which people understand things as happening, denoted by the terms "causation" and "action". This ...

Natural-Theological Understanding from Childhood to Adulthood

Natural-Theological Understanding from Childhood to Adulthood

1st Edition

By Olivera Petrovich
September 18, 2018

It is commonly assumed that young children only begin to think about God as a result of some educational or cultural influence, perhaps provided by their parents. Natural-Theological Understanding from Childhood to Adulthood  asks if there is anything about God that children can know ...

Why Siblings Matter The Role of Brother and Sister Relationships in Development and Well-Being

Why Siblings Matter: The Role of Brother and Sister Relationships in Development and Well-Being

1st Edition

By Naomi White, Claire Hughes
October 02, 2017

Many people grow up with at least one sibling. These siblings are often ‘fellow travellers’ through adversity or significant life events; they can act as a source of support for some children while a source of conflict for others. For these reasons, siblings are a potentially powerful influence on ...

Language Experience and Early Language Development From Input to Uptake

Language Experience and Early Language Development: From Input to Uptake

1st Edition

By Margaret Harris
August 25, 1992

Addresses one debate in language development, namely the relationship between children's language development and their language experience....

The Adolescent Brain Changes in learning, decision-making and social relations

The Adolescent Brain: Changes in learning, decision-making and social relations

1st Edition

By Eveline A. Crone
December 05, 2016

In recent years there have been tremendous advances in understanding how brain development underlies behavioural changes in adolescence. Based on the latest discoveries in the research field, Eveline A. Crone examines changes in learning, emotions, face processing and social relationships in ...

Learning About Objects in Infancy

Learning About Objects in Infancy

1st Edition

By Amy Work Needham
March 25, 2016

How do young infants experience the world around them? How similar or different are infants’ experiences from adults’ experiences of similar situations? How do infants progress from relatively sparse knowledge and expectations early in life to much more elaborate knowledge and expectations just ...

Phonological Skills and Learning to Read

Phonological Skills and Learning to Read

1st Edition

By Usha Goswami, Peter Bryant
December 25, 1990

This book sets out to integrate recent exciting research on the precursors of reading and early reading strategies adopted by children in the classroom. It aims to develop a theory about why early phonological skills are crucial in learning to read, and shows how phonological knowledge about rhymes...

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