- An authoritative survey of major theoretical issues in infant development.
- Written by leading scholars in the field of infancy.
- Each chapter either presents a distinct theoretical approach to infant development or reviews contrasting theories in a specific subfield.
- Pays particular attention to current theoretical controversies.
- Contributors include Eugene Goldfield, Andy Meltzoff, Marinus van Ijzendoorn, Mark Johnson and Annette Karmiloff-Smith, among others.
Part I: Development of Perception and Action.
1. A Dynamical Systems Perspective On Infant Action And Its Development. (Eugene C. Goldfield & Peter H. Wolff).
2. A Developmental Perspective On Visual Proprioception. (David I. Anderson, Joseph J. Campos & Marianne A. Barbu-Roth).
3. From Direct Perception To The Primacy Of Action: A Closer Look At James Gibson's Ecological Approach To Psychology. (Alan Costall).
4. The Development Of Perception In A Multimodal Environment. (Lorraine E. Bahrick).
5. Neuroscience Perspectives On Infant Development. (Mark H. Johnson & Annette Karmiloff-Smith).
Part II: Cognitive Development.
6. The Case For Developmental Cognitive Science: Theories Of People And Things. (Andrew N. Meltzoff).
7. Theories Of Development Of The Object Concept. (Scott Johnson).
8. Remembering Infancy: Accessing Our Earliest Experiences. (Alan Fogel).
Part III: Social Development & Communication:.
9. Maternal Sensitivity Is More Important Than Infant Temperament In Shaping The Infant-Mother Attachment Relationship. (Marinus H. Van Ijzendoorn & Marian J. Bakerman-Kranenburg).
10. Emerging Co-Awareness. (Philippe Rochat).
11. Processes Of Development In Early Communication. (David Messer).
12. Joint Visual Attention In Infancy. (George Butterworth).
Afterword: Tribute To George Butterworth. (Peter E. Bryant).
Alan Slater Exeter University.