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Brief Table of Contents PART 1 BEGINNINGS
CHAPTER 1: An Introduction to Lifespan Development CHAPTER 2: The Start of Life: Prenatal Development CHAPTER 3: Birth and the Newborn Infant PART 2 INFANCY FORMING THE FOUNDATIONS OF LIFE CHAPTER 4: Physical Development in Infancy CHAPTER 5: Cognitive Development in Infancy CHAPTER 6: Social and Personality Development in Infancy PART 3 THE PRESCHOOL YEARS CHAPTER 7: Physical and Cognitive Development in the Preschool Years CHAPTER 8: Social and Personality Development in the Preschool Years PART 4 THE MIDDLE CHILDHOOD YEARS CHAPTER 9: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood CHAPTER 10: Social and Personality Development in Middle Childhood PART 5 ADOLESCENCE CHAPTER 11: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence CHAPTER 12: Social and Personality Development in Adolescence PART 6 EARLY ADULTHOOD CHAPTER 13: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood CHAPTER 14: Social and Personality Development in Early Adulthood PART 7 MIDDLE ADULTHOOD CHAPTER 15: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood CHAPTER 16: Social and Personality Development in Middle Adulthood PART 8 LATE ADULTHOOD CHAPTER 17: Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood CHAPTER 18: Social and Personality Development in Late Adulthood PART 9 ENDINGS CHAPTER 19: Death and Dying Detailed Table of Contents PART 1 BEGINNINGS
CHAPTER 1: An Introduction to Lifespan Development

  • Prologue: The Oldest Newest Mother
  • Looking Ahead
    • AN ORIENTATION TO LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
    • KEY ISSUES AND QUESTIONS: DETERMINING THE NATURE-AND NURTURE-OF LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
    • THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES
    • RESEARCH METHODS
  • Epilogue
  • Looking Back
CHAPTER 2: The Start of Life: Prenatal Development
  • Prologue: An Agonizing Choice
  • Looking Ahead
    • EARLIEST DEVELOPMENT
    • THE INTERACTION OF HEREDITY AND ENVIRONMENT
    • PRENATAL GROWTH AND CHANGE
  • Epilogue
  • Looking Back
CHAPTER 3: Birth and the Newborn Infant
  • Prologue: Smaller Than a Soda Can
  • Looking Ahead
    • BIRTH
    • BIRTH COMPLICATIONS
    • THE COMPETENT NEWBORN
  • Looking Back
  • Epilogue
PART 2 INFANCY FORMING THE FOUNDATIONS OF LIFE CHAPTER 4: Physical Development in Infancy
  • Prologue: Waiting for the First Steps
  • Looking Ahead
    • GROWTH AND STABILITY
    • MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
    • THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SENSES
  • Epilogue
  • Looking Back

CHAPTER 5: Cognitive Development in Infancy

  • Prologue: The Electric Nanny
  • Looking Ahead
    • PIAGET'S APPROACH TO COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
    • INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPROACHES TO COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
    • THE ROOTS OF LANGUAGE
  • Epilogue
  • Looking Back
CHAPTER 6: Social and Personality Development in Infancy
  • Prologue: The Velcro Chronicles
  • Looking Ahead
    • DEVELOPING THE ROOTS OF SOCIABILITY
    • FORMING RELATIONSHIPS
    • DIFFERENCES AMONG INFANTS
  • Epilogue
  • Looking Back
PART 3 THE PRESCHOOL YEARS CHAPTER 7: Physical and Cognitive Development in the Preschool Years
  • Prologue: Wild William
  • Looking Ahead
    • Physical Growth
    • Intellectual Development
    • The Growth of Language and Learning
  • Epilogue
  • Looking Back
CHAPTER 8: Social and Personality Development in the Preschool Years
  • Prologue: Baby's First Application Essay
  • Looking Ahead
    • FORMING A SENSE OF SELF
    • FRIENDS AND FAMILY: PRESCHOOLERS' SOCIAL LIVES
    • MORAL DEVELOPMENT AND AGGRESSION
  • Looking Back
  • Epilogue
PART 4 THE MIDDLE CHILDHOOD YEARS CHAPTER 9: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
  • Prologue: A Kid-Drawn Sensation
  • Looking Ahead
    • PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
    • INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT
    • SCHOOLING: THE THREE Rs (AND MORE) OF MIDDLE CHILDHOOD
  • Looking Back
  • Epilogue
CHAPTER 10: Social and Personality Development in Middle Childhood
  • Prologue: To Play or Not to Play
  • Looking Ahead
    • THE DEVELOPING SELF
    • RELATIONSHIPS: BUILDING FRIENDSHIP IN MIDDLE CHILDHOOD
    • FAMILY AND SCHOOL: SHAPING CHILDREN'S BEHAVIOR IN MIDDLE CHILDHOOD
  • Looking Back
  • Epilogue
PART 5 ADOLESCENCE CHAPTER 11: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence
  • Prologue: The Middle School Marathon
  • Looking Ahead
    • PHYSICAL MATURATION
    • COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND SCHOOLING
    • THREATS TO ADOLESCENTS' WELL-BEING
  • Looking Back
  • Epilogue
CHAPTER 12: Social and Personality Development in Adolescence
  • Prologue: Teen Tech
  • Looking Ahead
    • IDENTITY: ASKING "WHO AM I?"
    • RELATIONSHIPS: FAMILY AND FRIENDS
    • DATING, SEXUAL BEHAVIOR, AND TEENAGE PREGNANCY
  • Epilogue
  • Looking Back
PART 6 EARLY ADULTHOOD CHAPTER 13: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood
  • Prologue: A Tale of Two Students
  • Looking Ahead
    • PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
    • COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
    • COLLEGE: PURSUING HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Epilogue
  • Looking Back
CHAPTER 14: Social and Personality Development in Early Adulthood
  • Prologue
  • Looking Ahead
    • FORGING RELATIONSHIPS: INTIMACY, LIKING, AND LOVING DURING EARLY ADULTHOOD
    • THE COURSE OF RELATIONSHIPS
    • WORK: CHOOSING AND EMBARKING ON A CAREER
  • Looking Back
  • Epilogue
PART 7 MIDDLE ADULTHOOD CHAPTER 15: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood
  • Prologue: Faster, Higher, Older
  • Looking Ahead
    • PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
    • HEALTH
    • COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
  • Epilogue
  • Looking Back
CHAPTER 16: Social and Personality Development in Middle Adulthood
  • Prologue: From Clothes to Rock to Talk
  • Looking Ahead
    • PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
    • RELATIONSHIPS: FAMILY IN MIDDLE AGE
    • WORK AND LEISURE
  • Looking Back
  • Epilogue
PART 8 LATE ADULTHOOD CHAPTER 17: Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood
  • Prologue: Better Way to Shell a Nut
  • Looking Ahead
    • PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT IN LATE ADULTHOOD
    • HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN LATE ADULTHOOD
    • COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT IN LATE ADULTHOOD
  • Epilogue
  • Looking Back
CHAPTER 18: Social and Personality Development in Late Adulthood
  • Prologue: Logging on Late in Life
  • Looking Ahead
    • PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT AND SUCCESSFUL AGING
    • THE DAILY LIFE OF LATE ADULTHOOD
    • RELATIONSHIPS: OLD AND NEW
  • Epilogue
PART 9 ENDINGS CHAPTER 19: Death and Dying
  • Prologue: Facing the End with a Smile
  • Looking Ahead
    • DYING AND DEATH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
    • CONFRONTING DEATH
    • GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT
  • Epilogue
  • Looking Back

GlossaryReferencesAcknowledgmentsName IndexSubject Index

About the Author

Robert S. Feldman is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A recipient of the College Distinguished Teacher Award, he teaches psychology classes ranging in size from 15 to nearly 500 students. During the course of more than two decades as a college instructor, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, Virginia Commonwealth University, in addition to the University of Massachusetts.

Professor Feldman, who initiated the Minority Mentoring Program at the University of Massachusetts, also has served as a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and Senior Online Teaching Fellow. He initiated distance learning courses in psychology at the University of Massachusetts A Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, Professor Feldman received a B.A. with High Honors from Wesleyan University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award, and he has written more than 100 books, book chapters, and scientific articles. He has edited Development of Nonverbal Behavior in Children (Springer-Verlag), Applications of Nonverbal Behavioral Theory and Research (Erlbaum), and co-edited Fundamentals of Nonverbal Behavior (Cambridge University Press). He is also author of Child Development, Understanding Psychology, and P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life. His books have been translated into a number of languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese. His research interests include honesty and deception in everyday life and the use of nonverbal behavior in impression management, and his research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research.

Professor Feldman loves music, is an enthusiastic pianist, and enjoys cooking and traveling. He has three children, and he and his wife, a psychologist, live in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range.

Reviews

Craig Outhouse - Western New England CollegeThe strength of the text is the integration of text, graphics, with current research. Additionally, the readibility makes the book accessible to a range of learners. Additionally, the use of hot topics (autism MMR vacine debate) makes the reader even more interested in the text. Feldman has an uncanny ability to make dry (but important) research fun to read. He is both an advocate for scholars and scholars in training. Rather than simply tell the reader what they should think, Feldman challenges them with higher order thinking questions that allow for a much stronger understanding and appreciation of the topics. Barb Ramos - Simpson CollegeI believe this is a very strong text. I have used it repeatedly and it gets great reviews from my students. It is readable and interesting even for reluctant readers. It is visually pleasing. The content is clearly expressed and organized. This is the best text that I've used for this course. Jo Ann Armstrong - Patrick Henry Community CollegeMy students seem to read the material and to understand it and to be challenged to ask questions or comment on what they have read. Very thorough and yet does try to be as brief as possible on a wide variety of topics. Nice layout with wide margins and nice colored photographs. Sindy Armstrong - Ozarks Technical CollegeIt is easy for students to use which is something I am always looking for. Stephanie Babb - University of Houston-DowntownThe greatest strengths are the well-written, comprehensible text, and also the colorful pictures. The chapters are also well-organized. Verneda Hamm Baugh- Kean UniversityThe greatest strengths are the writing style, actual layout of the book, and the broad discussion of racial/gender/cultural diversity incorporated in the book beyond the Developmental Diversity boxes. Cynthia Calhoun - Southwest Tennessee Community CollegeI think that students can understand the material with the tables, definitions, and inserts such as "From Research to Practice" to support the narrative. Cara Cashon - University of LouisvilleWell-organized, yes. Yes, there are good examples. The figures included are very helpful. Donnell Griffin - Davidson County Community CollegeThe ongoing use of CURRENT research from HIGH QUALITY sources (and pointing out what those are) is VERY GOOD! It is comprehensive and balanced. It also teaches students how to critically assess the usefulness of quality research and information. Sandra Hellyer - Ball State UniversityThe chapters are clear, interesting, and well-organized. The greatest strengths of this text is Feldman's writing style. Donnell Griffin- Davidson County Community CollegeFeldman provides a very balanced, data based presentation of Human Development. The material is high quality and covers the diversity of human experience well. Lisa Brown - Frederick Community CollegeI love the layout and organization!!

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