Developmental Psychobiology: An Interdisciplinary Science

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MIT Press, 1995 - Medical - 510 pages
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This text is the first to provide a coherent theoretical treatment of the flourishingnew field of developmental psychobiology which has arisen in recent years on the crest of excitingadvances in evolutionary biology, developmental neuroscience, and dynamic systemstheory.

Michel and Moore, two of the field's key pioneers and researchers,integrate primary source information from research in both biological and psychological disciplinesin a clear account of the frontier of biopsychological investigation andtheorizing.

Explicitly conceptual and historical, the first three chapters set thestage for a clear understanding of the field and its research, with particular attention to thenature-nurture question. The next three chapters each provide information about a basic subfield inbiology (genetics, evolution, embryology) that is particularly relevant for developmental studies ofbehavior. These are followed by extended treatments of three spheres of inquiry (behavioralembryology, cognitive neuroscience, animal behavior) in terms of how a successful interdisciplinaryapproach to behavioral development might look. A final chapter comments on some of the uniqueaspects of development study.

From this detailed and clearly organized text,students will achieve a firm grasp of some of science's most fertile questions about the relationbetween evolution and development, the relation between brain and cognitive development, the valueof a natural history approach to animal behavior -- and what it teaches us about humans -- and muchmore. Each chapter contains material that questions the conventional wisdom held in manysubdisciplines of biology and psychology. Throughout, the text challenges students to thinkcreatively as it thoroughly grounds them in the field's approach to such topics asbehavioral-genetic analysis, the concept of innateness, molecular genetics and development,neuroembryology, behavioral embryology, maturation, cognition, and ethology.

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Contents

Biological Roots of Developmental Psychology
7
Problems for a Synthesis
47
A Modern Synthesis
85
Evolution and Development 727
121
Evolution and Development 727
127
Genetics and Development
181
G proteins
232
Neuroembryology and the Ontogenetic Origins of Behavior
243
Some special features of mammalian behavioral embryology 377
317
Summary
330
Cognitive Development and Developmental Psychobiology
333
b Primitive reflexes
343
The development of sensorimotor intelligence during infancy
358
The neurology of language
373
Animal Behavior Ethology and Human Development
383
Developmental Psychobiology and the Unification
429

Morphogenesis
245
Survival and death
259
Speciation and neuroanatomical changes
280
Behavioral Embryology
289
Sensory input and spontaneous prenatal behavior
293
Features of neonatal neurobehavioral organization
301
References
441
Glossary
479
Name Index
489
Subject Index
507
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George F. Michel is Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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