Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - Psychology - 134 pages
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This Very Short Introduction provides an up-to-date, authoritative, and accessible guide to modern child psychology, from birth to early adolescence. Beginning with infancy, Usha Goswami considers the process of attachment and bonding, showing how secure attachments enable the development of self-understanding. Exploring childhood learning, ranging from aspects of language and thinking to cognitive reasoning, Goswami looks at how babies and toddlers develop an understanding of the physical, biological, and social worlds, and develop complex abilities like language and morality.
Demonstrating how learning is shaped by the environments surrounding the child; at home, school, with peers, and in wider society, Goswami emphasizes the importance of childhood friendships and siblings for psychological development. Introducing the key theories in child psychology, Goswami explains why children develop as they do and how society can further optimize their development through the adolescent years.
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Contents

Introduction
1
Babies and what they know
4
Learning about theoutside world
22
Learning language
40
Friendships families pretend play and the imagination
57
Learning and remembering reading and number
74
The learning brain
90
Theories and neurobiology of development
107
References
125
Further reading
129
Index
131
Very Short Introduction
135
A Very Short Introduction
136
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Usha Goswami is currently Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Centre for Neuroscience in Education at Cambridge. She has received a number of career awards, including the British Psychology Society's Spearman Medal (1992) and President's Award (2011); the Aspen Brain Forum Senior Investigator Prize in Neuroeducation, New York Academy of Sciences; and the Norman Geschwind-Rodin Prize for dyslexia research from Sweden. Goswami has written and edited a number of textbooks on child psychology, and has also written books on reading development and reasoning by analogy. She is a Fellow of the British Academy.

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