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Life-Span Human Development 9th Edition

Carol K. Sigelman | Elizabeth A. Rider

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Known for its clear writing, current research, and well-chosen visuals and examples, Sigelman/Rider's LIFE-SPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, 9TH EDITION combines a topical, chapter organization with a chronological presentation within each chapter. Each chapter focuses on a domain of development and traces developmental trends and influences in that domain from infancy to old age. The blend of topical and chronological approaches helps students grasp key transformations that occur in each period of life. Content emphasizes theories and their application to different aspects of development. This edition examines both biological bases of and sociocultural influences on life-span development. MindTap® digital resources are available.

Carol K. Sigelman, The George Washington University

Carol K. Sigelman (B.A., Carleton College; M.A. and Ph.D., George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University) is professor and chair of psychology at George Washington University (GWU), where she also served as an associate vice president for 13 years. She was on the faculty at Texas Tech University, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Arizona before coming to GWU. She has taught courses in child, adolescent, adult, and life-span development and has published research on such topics as the communication skills of individuals with developmental disabilities, the development of stigmatizing reactions to children and adolescents who are different, children's emerging understandings of diseases and psychological disorders, and communication in military families separated by deployment.

Elizabeth A. Rider, Elizabethtown College

Elizabeth (Betty) Rider (B.A., Gettysburg College; M.S and Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is professor of psychology and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. She taught at the University of North Carolina at Asheville for several years before moving back to her home state of Pennsylvania more than 20 years ago. She has taught psychology of women and developmental psychology courses to undergraduates at an institution where student learning is the number one priority. Before moving into administrative positions, she was awarded exceptional performance distinctions nearly every year for her work in or out of the classroom. Her research interests include young children's understanding of spatial relationships, predictive variables for student success, and methods to strengthen student learning.

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  • Building on the book's reputation for a solid research basis, Sigelman and Rider include hundreds of new research references in this edition.
  • The text's integrated topical and chronological approach remains its most unique and important feature. Chapters are organized topically to emphasize developmental processes, such as how nature and nurture interact over the life span to bring about typical developmental changes as well as individual differences in development. Within each chapter, discussion is organized into four major chronological sections (infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood) so that students appreciate the distinctive qualities of each age/stage.
  • Coverage of nature/nurture issues is strengthened further in this edition. To convey the complexities of the interplay between nature and nurture, the authors pay special attention to genes, hormones, neural functioning, and other biological forces in development, while also showing how environmental forces influence biology and how development is affected by the social and cultural context in which the individual develops. A unique developmental psychopathology chapter brings home the complexities of the roles played by nature and nurture in the development of psychological disorders.
  • At the end of each major section, Checking Mastery questions help students gauge their progress and Making Connections questions invite students to reflect on the material -- to weigh in on a debate in the field, evaluate the material's implications for public policy, apply the material to a case example, or explore the material's relevance to their own development.
  • Exploration boxes allow more in-depth investigation of research on selected topics (for example, generational differences, gene-environment interaction, sports-related traumatic brain injury, typical versus atypical memory changes in later life, language acquisition among deaf children, the paradox of intelligent people who make dumb decisions, living transgender in today's world; coaching children's emotional development, dating among LGBT adolescents, and parenting in cultural context).
  • Application boxes examine how knowledge has been applied to optimize development (for instance, to prevent sexual risk taking, promote healthy babies, improve cognitive functioning, combat negative stereotypes of aging, strengthen relationships, prevent family violence, and support bereaved families).
  • Engagement boxes provide opportunities for students to engage actively and personally with the material: they assess their own knowledge, beliefs, traits, and attitudes by completing personality scales, test items, surveys, and short quizzes.

Life-Span Human Development

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Understanding Life-Span Human Development.
2. Theories of Human Development.
3. Genes, Environment, and Development.
4. Prenatal Development and Birth.
5. Body, Brain, and Health.
6. Sensation, Perception, and Action.
7. Cognition.
8. Memory and Information Processing.
9. Intelligence and Creativity.
10. Language and Education.
11. Self and Personality.
12. Gender Roles and Sexuality.
13. Social Cognition and Moral Development.
14. Emotions, Attachment, and Social Relationships
15. The Family.
16. Developmental Psychopathology.
17. The Final Challenge: Death and Dying.
Appendix: Careers in Human Development.

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