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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Developing Difference

ISBN 9780230303447
Publication Date January 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Why do we develop differently? Where does our individuality come from? What do we inherit from our genes, and how does that engage with our environment in influencing our behaviour?

Developing Difference is the first book of its kind to draw developmental and individual differences psychology together to investigate these fascinating questions.

Key features:
* draws on neuroscience and psychology to integrate the evolutionary, genetic, social and behavioural aspects of how we become who we are
* integrates the very latest genetic research
* considers the unanswered questions that still face differential and developmental psychologists

Developing Difference is essential reading for students studying developmental psychology and individual differences.

Wendy Johnson is Reader in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her research focuses on individual differences and development of mental abilities and personality, emphasising transactions between genetic and environmental influences.

1. The Importance of Individual Differences in Development
2. Evolution
3. Brain Neuroanatomy and Genetics
4. Stress Response, Coping Capacity, and Resilience
5. Gestation: The Developmental Foundation
6. Infancy: Building a Brain
7. Childhood: Emerging as a Person
8. Adolescence: Transition to Physical Adulthood
9. Young Adult Development: Finding a Place in the World
10. Adult Development: Balancing Work and Family
11. Ageing and Longevity: Managing Decline
12. Conclusion: Historical Context.


"Dr. Johnson has produced a scientifically impeccable, clearly written discussion of the interaction between environmental and genetic effects over the life span. Anyone interested in development should read her work." – Earl Hunt, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, USA "Wendy Johnson is to be complimented on this excellent piece of work. It is the long-needed textbook that manages to integrate developmental and differential psychology in a concise, yet comprehensive, way." - Manuel Völkle, Researcher in Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany "How do we develop into unique individuals? Wendy Johnson answers this deceptively simple question by weaving together the theories and research from many disciplines including genetics, human development, neuroscience, sociology, gerontology, and historical context. It is a fascinating overview of the many influences on human development. The text is clear and easy to follow, with new information even for experts in any of the fields that contribute to our understanding of how each of us develops differently." - Diane F. Halpern, McElwee Family Professor of Psychology, Claremont McKenna College, USA
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