Academic Writings

Springer Science+Business Media

Over the years, Jean Piaget’s revolutionary study of infant and child development has inspired much discussion and debate, evolving through the work of his followers and critics. Development and Causality continues in this tradition, bringing new depth to the theoretical base, integrating Piagetian and Freudian/Eriksonian models as well as presenting farreaching original theory. This comprehensive synthesis of the field concentrates on core areas such as language acquisition, self development, social cognition, personality development, attachment, narrative development, and emotional development, and is written so readers at both basic and advanced levels of familiarity may benefit. Dozens of tables, graphs, and other visual materials aid readers in comprehension; and the book: Reviews Piaget’s original model as the starting point for current theory. Introduces the author’s 25-step model of lifespan cognitive development, and compares it to Case’s and Fischer’s models of cognitive socio-affective correspondence. Extends current theory in terms of self development, cognitive perception/misperception of the other, self-regulation, theory of mind, and multiple intelligences. Focuses in detail on socio-affective development: personality, emotions, attachment. Examines causality mechanisms in depth, from hemispheric specialization to complex adaptive systems. Speculates on evolutionary forces underlying developmental stages. Development and Causality is a bedrock reference for researchers and students in child and developmental psychology, and lends itself to practical applications for clinicians.

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