Infancy. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 2248520
  • Book
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Since its first publication in 1988,Infancy has established itself as a leading introduction to the field, However, the past five years have seen a rapid expansion in research, and this new edition has been fully updated and expanded to take account of this new work.

Assuming little or no prior knowledge of the subject, Infancy presents a complete picture of our current understanding of the development of infants, their knowledge and understanding of the world from birth or before to their second birthday. In dealing in turn with motor development, the development of perception and cognition, and social development, the book follows a conventional pattern. At the same time, the author points to the ways in which the distinctions between perceptual, cognitive and social development are to an extent arbitrary and how they stand in the way of evolving an adequate account of infancy. A number of competing theoretical approaches emerge, and the author presents a framework that aims to capture the best elements of these apparently diverse approaches.

This new edition has been considerably expanded and contains discussion of over 260 further studies. Major additions include new sections on self concept theory and theory of mind, on reaching and grasping, on dynamic systems theory, as well as new material on cognitive precursors of language and object knowledge in early infancy.

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Preface to the second edition.

Preface to the first edition.


1. Introduction.

Infancy as a field of study.

Methods of studying infancy.

The structure of the book.

2. Physical and Motor Development Before and After Birth.

Developmental before birth.

Birth and Beyond.

Links with later chapters.

3. Perceptual Development.

Visual perception of two dimensional stimuli.

Visual perception in three dimensions.

Auditory perception.

Intersensory coordination.

Mechanisms underlying early perception.

4. Cognitive Development: Piaget and Infancy.

Piaget′s sensori–motor theory.

The construction of space and object concepts.

Recent studies of infants′ knowledge of objects.

Spatial orientation in infancy.


Cognitive precursors of language.

Conclusion: relations between perception and cognition.

5. Social Development.

Person perception.

Emotional Development.

Knowledge of self and others and the roots of a theory of mind.

Attachment: the first relationship.

Early communication: parent–infant interaction.

Parent–Infant interaction as a development process.

The Beginnings of language.


6. Research Theory and Images of Infancy.

Major Themes.

Conceptualizing development: direct perception and constructed understanding.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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"This revised edition ofInfancy retains the overall structure of the first edition which, along with Bremner′s clarity of exposition, gives the book its immense appeal ... The second edition ofInfancy is to be highly recommended. It is as valuable to the advanced undergraduate or postgraduate student – representing an important reference to, and exposition of, a wealth of current studies – as it is to the simply curious. It is a skilfully crafted work that is sure to stimulate innovative thinking, and kindle (or rekindle) the embers of enthusiasm in beginning and veteran researchers alike. Importantly, throughout its pages, there permeates a sense of urgency and excitement that reflects the rapid rate at which research in the field is progressing – a rate that must have Dr Bremner already scribbling notes for a third edition."Philip Hodgson, British Journal of Developmental Psychology

From reviews of the first edition

One of the best introductory treatments of this topic of which I know. This book would make an excellent advanced undergraduate or graduate level text and it would be a good was for outsiders to the field to obtain an overview. Contemporary Psychology

Both style and scholarship are exemplary Infancy should come to be regarded as a classic in the field. –– Choice

Excellent deserves a wide readership. He writes extremely well, so that complex issues are made comprehensive without being reduced to simplicity. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology

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