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Developmental Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies

by Alan M Slater and Paul C Quinn SAGE Publications Ltd
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This book revisits classic studies in Developmental Psychology with a view to showing not only how they shaped the field, but also how the field has itself moved on through engagement with the issues these studies raise. It engages critically with the studies in order to reveal new ways of thinking both about them and about the ideas they explore. In effect, it shows how Developmental Psychology can be - and has been - taken forward in exciting ways through a careful re-examination of the core studies that lie at its heart.

The volume's chapters are written by internationally renowned scholars who are working at the cutting edge of the areas mapped out by particular classic studies and whose work has been heavily influenced by a deep appreciation of the research that they write about. As a result, the chapters give readers profound insights into the foundations of Developmental Psychology, but also show how the discipline has advanced in important ways in the years since those studies were conducted.

Written in an accessible and engaging style, each chapter uses a similar structure to explore a particular classic study and the topic it relates to. All the chapters start by locating the studies within their social and historical context - identifying the concerns that motivated researchers, and the particular perspective that informed their scientific thinking. The studies' methods and findings are then presented. This is followed by a discussion of the studies' impact, before concluding with a consideration of the way in which, from the time that they were conducted, the field has moved beyond the classic studies. The result is a volume which is not only enjoyable and informative to read, but one that should support Developmental Psychology courses at any level.

An Introduction to Classic Studies in Developmental Psychology - Alan M. Slater and Paul C. Quinn Attachment and Early Social Deprivation: Revisiting Harlow's Monkey Studies - Roger Kobak Conditioned Emotional Reactions: Revisiting Watson and Rayner's Little Albert - Thomas H. Ollendick, Thomas M. Sherman, Peter Muris, and Neville J. King Infants on the Edge: Beyond the Visual Cliff - Karen E. Adolph and Kari S. Kretch Revisiting Piaget: A Perspective from Studies of Children's Problem-Solving Abilities - David Klahr Imitation in Infancy: Revisiting Meltzoff and Moore's Study - Alan M. Slater Object Permanence in Infancy: Revisiting Baillargeon's Drawbridge Study - Denis Mareschal and Jordy Kaufman Children's Eyewitness Memory and Suggestibility: Revisiting Ceci and Bruck's (1993) Review - Kelly McWilliams, Daniel Bederian-Gardner, Sue D. Hobbs, Sarah Bakanosky and Gail S. Goodman How Much Can We Boost IQ? An Updated Look at Jensen's Question and Answer - Wendy Johnson Reading and Spelling: Revisiting Bradley and Bryant's Study - Usha Goswami Theory of Mind and Autism: Revisiting Baron-Cohen et al's Sally-Anne Study - Coralie Chevallier Moral Development: Revisiting Kohlberg's stages - Gail D. Heyman and Kang Lee Aggression: Revisiting Bandura's Bobo Doll Studies - Jennifer E. Lansford Language Development: Revisiting Eimas et al's /ba/ and /pa/ study - Richard N. Aslin Resilience in Children: Vintage Rutter and beyond - Ann S. Masten

The chapters in this outstanding volume describe the rich insights provided by classic studies in developmental science and, in describing the subsequent research the studies fostered, document the remarkable progress in the field over the past few decades. It should prove valuable to students and professionals alikeRobert V. Kail
Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences, Purdue Universit

This volume puts classic studies in developmental psychology in their historical context and demonstrates their continued influence on current research. The fact that Slater and Quinn have recruited a group of world leading researchers to the project should make this a classic in its own rightJ. Gavin Bremner
Professor of Developmental Psychology, Lancaster Universit

This volume enlivens the study of developmental psychology with accounts of how and why classic studies moved the field forward with respect to central questions about psychological development. Cases were astutely chosen and beautifully realized by the chapter authorsW. Andrew Collins
Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

'All 14 contributions are excellent, but the strongest include one on conditioning fear reactions and Usha Goswami's "Reading and Spelling: Revisiting Bradley and Bryant's Study," which describes the breakthrough studies concerning children's language acquisition. Of particular poignancy, given recent violence in the US, are essays that look at studies of children's memory and eyewitness testimony, imitation of aggression, and resilience after traumatic events. Taken as whole, these essays remind one of the importance of developmental psychology research and how it informs on a daily basis. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals' S. K Hall
University of Houston