This accessibly written textbook explores how our increasing knowledge of neuroscience and advances in methods of investigation is changing our understanding of child development. Packed full of images, case studies, reflection points, further reading suggestions and a full glossary of technical terms, it examines key aspects of development such as emotion, memory, learning, perception and language, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders. It is designed to introduce undergraduate students on social science courses to the science behind the brain, looking at how it is structured and how it develops from a tiny cluster of cells into a complex dynamic structure that controls every aspect of our very existence.
Rob Abbott is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood, as a counsellor and Registered Member of BACP (Snr accredited) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He teaches on a range of child development courses.
Dr Esther Burkitt is a Reader in Developmental Psychology and has Chartered Psychologist and Scientist status with the British Psychological Society and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She regularly publishes and teaches on the subject of children's emotional and communicative development.
Beginnings and Basics;
Developing Visual Perception;
The Development of Thinking;
The Learning Brain;
“Developmental neuroscience is an exciting area of research that is increasing in importance. This text is a good, accessible, introduction to this field including what neuroscience can add to our understanding of key development throughout childhood.” Dawn Watling, Royal Holloway, University of London
"The editors stress some deficits in information and common misconceptions about the brain...helpful aspects of the volume include the use of boldface for terminology, a good glossary, and section summaries." Choice
“A highly accessible introduction to developmental neuroscience. Abbott and Burkitt explain complex issues with clarity and elegance, and their engaging text is a pleasure to read. An exemplary book.” Martyn Barrett, University of Surrey