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Life-Span Human Development, 8th Edition

  • Carol K. Sigelman The George Washington University
  • Elizabeth A. Rider Elizabethtown College
  • ISBN-10: 1285454316  |  ISBN-13: 9781285454313
  • 768 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 1999
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

Known for its clear, straightforward writing style, comprehensive coverage, strong and current research-based approach, and excellent visuals and tables, this life-span development text offers a topical organization at the chapter level and a consistent chronological presentation within each chapter. Each chapter focuses on a domain of development such as physical growth, cognition, or personality, and traces developmental trends and influences in that domain from infancy to old age. Within each chapter, you will find sections on four life stages: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. This unique organization enables students to comprehend the processes of transformation that occur in key areas of human development. Another staple of the text is its emphasis on theories and how they apply to specific topics in each chapter. This new edition also asks students to engage more actively with the content, and includes a clear focus on the complex interactions of nature and nurture in development, more integrated coverage of culture and diversity, and an exciting new media package for both students and instructors.

Features and Benefits

  • At the end of each major section, "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.
  • The text features an integrated topical and chronological approach. Sigelman and Rider have organized the chapters topically to emphasize developmental processes, such as how nature and nurture interact over the life-span to bring about normal developmental changes, as well as create differences among individuals. Within each chapter, they organize their discussion of the material under four major chronological sections: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood; this permits them to call attention to the distinctive qualities of each age/stage.
  • "Application" boxes examine how knowledge has been applied to optimize development in a domain of development (for instance, to prevent teenage pregnancy, treat genetic defects, promote healthy babies, improve cognitive functioning, combat the effects of negative stereotypes of aging, treat aggressive youth, strengthen relationships, prevent family violence, treat children with psychological disorders, and support bereaved families).
  • "Exploration" boxes allow more in-depth investigation of research on a topic (for example, characteristics of the baby boom generation, effects of early experience on gene expression, brain development and adolescent risk taking, aging drivers, language acquisition among deaf children, his and her retirements, parenting in cultural context, Hurricane Katrina and mental health, and secrets to a long life).
  • The "Engagement" boxes feature supplements the Exploration and Application boxes. "Engagement" boxes provide opportunities for students to engage actively and personally with the material-to assess their own knowledge, beliefs, traits, and attitudes by completing personality scales, test items, surveys, and short quizzes.
  • To convey the complexities of interactions between nature and nurture, the authors pay special attention to genes, hormones, and other biological forces in development, while showing how development can be pushed one way or another depending on the social and cultural context in which the individual develops. For example, the authors include detailed coverage of the development of the brain, including its growth spurt in adolescence; and, in Chapter 11 and subsequent chapters, they discuss how development differs in individualistic and collectivist cultures.
  • A "Nature & Nurture" theme index appears in the preface of the text to better highlight the authors' integrated coverage of evolutionary psychology, genetics, neuroscience, and cultural influences on development. Page references help students find this information quickly and easily.
  • Building on the book's reputation for a solid research basis, Sigelman and Rider include hundreds of new research references in this edition.

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, & 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.

What's New

  • To help students read with a purpose, learning objectives are now listed at the beginning of each major section.
  • The "Exploring Development" boxes are new to this edition and link to a video relevant to a chapter topic. They provide opportunities for students to see the concepts in action. The boxes ask a couple questions about the video to help students focus their viewing.
  • New chapter title: Chapter 5 ("Body, Brain, and Health" ) is newly reorganized with a greater emphasis on the development and aging of the brain, highlighting the adolescent brain's role in adolescent risk taking and the aging brain's compensation for decline.
  • New chapter title: Chapter 6 ("Sensation, Perception, and Action") uses Gibson's ecological theory of perception to focus on synergistic relationships between perception and action. Material on motor development and the dynamic systems approach, formerly covered in Chapter 5, is now integrated in this chapter and coverage of vision in both infancy and adulthood has been significantly reorganized and updated.
  • New chapter title: Chapter 14 ("Emotions, Attachment, and Social Relationships") includes a new major section on emotional development across the life span, including research on early emotions, cultural display rules, emotion regulation strategy in adolescence, and emotional well-being in old age.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Carol K. Sigelman

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

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.