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Infancy: The Basics (Paperback)

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Infancy: The Basics offers an introduction to the developmental science behind the fascinating world of infant development. This book takes the reader from before birth through the moment infants come into the world seemingly unable to do much but eat, eliminate, and sleep, and across the few short, incredible years, to when infants are walking, talking, thinking humans with clear preferences, wishes, and dreams, having already forged strong long-lasting relationships.

Dispelling common myths and misconceptions about how infants' perception, cognition, language, and personalities develop, this accessible evidence-based book takes a novel whole-child approach and provides insight into the joint roles of nature (biology) and nurture (experiences) in infant development, how to care for babies to give them the best start in life, and what it means for infants to become thinking communicating social partners. Topics in this book are covered with an eye firmly fixed on how infants' first years set the stage for the rest of their lives. By helping us understand infants, experts Marc H. Bornstein and Martha E. Arterberry give us the opportunity to learn about the resiliency of our species and the many different contexts in which families rear infants. They cover key topics, including how babies are studied scientifically, prenatal development and the newborn period, how infants explore and understand the world around them, how infants begin to communicate, how infants develop an emotional life, personality, and temperament, how infants build relationships, and how parents succeed in bringing up babies in challenging circumstances.

This concise clear guide to the years from before birth to 3 is for students of developmental psychology, pediatric medicine and nursing, education, and social work. It also for all parents and professionals caring for infants, who want to understand the secret world of infancy.

About the Author

Marc H. Bornstein has professional appointments with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Bethesda), the Institute for Fiscal Studies (London), and UNICEF (NYC). He holds degrees from Columbia College and Yale University as well as Trento and Heidelberg. He edits Parenting: Science and Practice and the Handbook of Parenting. Bornstein has published in experimental, developmental, and cultural science as well as neuroscience, pediatrics, and aesthetics. Martha E. Arterberry is the Clara C. Piper Professor of Psychology at Colby College, Maine. She received her B.A. from Pomona College and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Infant Behavior and Development and Editor of the Lifespan Section of Acta Psychologica. Her research focuses on perception, cognition, and action in infancy.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781032001159
ISBN-10: 1032001151
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: July 27th, 2022
Pages: 238
Language: English
Series: Basics