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The Cambridge Handbook of Infant Development

Jeffrey J. Lockman, Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda

When we decided to serve as Editors of the forthcoming Cambridge Handbook of Infant Development, we did not want to assemble just a traditional handbook volume.  Sure, we wanted to gather together many of the world’s leading experts on infant development and have them review current findings and foundational theory in their research area.  And we wanted to ensure that their reviews would be greeted with equal excitement by scholars and students alike. But despite the range of topics that are covered in the Handbook, we also requested that all of our contributors join in common cause to address three overarching themes that frame contemporary science on infant development:  neuroscience, socio-cultural context and policy. The result is a multidisciplinary, wide-ranging, yet integrative volume that features an international cast of experts on infant development.  Individually and collectively, our contributors synthesize their research on infant learning and behaviour, while integrating perspectives across neuroscience, socio-cultural context, and policy.

The Cambridge Handbook of Infant Development offers an unparalleled overview of infant development across foundational areas of prenatal development, brain development, epigenetics, physical growth, nutrition, cognition, language, attachment, and risk. The chapters present theoretical and empirical depth and rigor across specific domains of development, while highlighting reciprocal connections among brain, behavior, and context.

We believe that the result is a handbook that simultaneously educates, enriches, and encourages. It educates through detailed reviews of innovative methods and empirical foundations. It enriches by advancing theory and methods to study the cascading influences of learning and development across multiple domains.  And it encourages future research through an agenda that integrates neuroscience, socio-cultural contexts, and policy. We hope that this cutting-edge volume inspires students, researchers, practitioners, clinicians, and policy-makers alike; advances a deeper understanding of infant development; and enhances the lives of infants across the globe.

About The Authors

Jeffrey J. Lockman

Jeffrey J. Lockman is the Lila L. and Douglas J. Hertz Chair of Psychology at Tulane University, USA, and past-editor of the journal: Child Development....

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Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda

Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda is Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University, USA....

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