Causes of Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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George Butterworth, Peter Bryant
L. Erlbaum Associates, 1990 - Psychology - 266 pages
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The question of what causes human development is a difficult one for scientists. Causal processes have been suggested at the genetic, the embryological, the evolutionary, and the social and cultural levels, but there has been little attempt to discover any common principles among different types of developmental explanations.

Twelve highly respected scholars, whose research in the field of development has received international acclaim, tackle this complex issue in a stimulating and original book. They write from the perspectives of cognitive developmental psychology, developmental biology, ethology, embryology, social psychology and computer science -- each of which offers the reader a different insight into the question.

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Empirical evidence for causes in development
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The causes of biological form
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Causes of development in ethology
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