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The human spark : the science of human development

Author: Jerome Kagan
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2013]
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As infants we are rife with potential. For a short time, we have before us a seemingly infinite number of developmental paths. Soon, however, we become limited to certain paths as we grow into unique products of our genetics and experience. But what factors account for the variation--in skills, personalities, values--that results? How do experiences shape what we bring into the world? In The Human Spark, pioneering  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerome Kagan
ISBN: 9780465029822 0465029825
OCLC Number: 811598815
Description: xiii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Setting the stage --
The first year --
Early childhood --
The family and beyond --
What is preserved --
for how long? --
The development of moralities --
Emotions and their development --
Mental illness : a modern epidemic --
New certainties, old uncertainties.
Responsibility: Jerome Kagan.

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Taking into account how far the science of child development has advanced over the years - with the ascendancy of cognitive psychology, neurobiology, and molecular biology, as well as research into  Read more...

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