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Understanding Child Development

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Understanding Child Development by Scientific American Editors

How exactly do children become the adults they were meant to be? In this eBook, Understanding Child Development, we investigate this profoundly complicated process from infancy through early childhood (the teenage years will be covered in a separate eBook). Included in this collection are several seminal studies on infant cognition where researchers found evidence that many of our abilities are "pre-programmed." For example, in "The Visual Cliff," Eleanor Gibson explains her findings that most human infants are able to judge depth as soon as they can crawl, suggesting that we are born with an ability to perceive falling-off places without having to go through the trial-and-error process. Section 2 looks at how we learn to communicate using both symbols and language. Judy DeLoache's story, "Mindful of Symbols," examines the process that toddlers must go through to learn to discriminate between an object and a representation of that object, such as a photograph. With the ability to communicate comes social development, covered in Section 3. In it, Melinda Wenner Moyer argues that play time is essential for healthy social adjustment in "The Serious Need for Play," while Stefanie Reinberger discusses the link between temper tantrums and violent tendencies later in life in "Tempering Tantrums." The fourth section focuses on developmental disorders, from ADHD to Down syndrome, autism and less common diseases that are linked to faulty genomic imprinting, discussed in a piece by Melinda Wenner Moyer called "A Patchwork Mind." Finally, we end with a section on parenting, which includes a Q&A with noted anthropologist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy on the evolutionary lessons of motherhood-why cooperative parenting and community-based childrearing is not only better for kids, but essential to their healthy development.

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Pages: 334
Size: 779 KB
Publisher: Scientific American
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781466858992 (DRM-EPUB)

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