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Modular, manageable, meaningful-help your students discover the life span! Based on extensive market research, and informed by author Robert Feldman's own teaching experience, Discovering the Life Span was created to meet key teaching needs. Many instructors would like to cover the entire life span in a single term. They would like their students to see the big picture and understand how the domains of development work together. And, perhaps most importantly, they would like their students to truly connect to the material. This remarkable first edition does all three of these things.Here's how:Structured around a modular format, each stage of life and each domain are treated equally throughout the text. This balanced format offers instructors teaching flexibility while helping students see the connections between the physical, cognitive, and social/personality domains. With 9 chapters, 3 modules per chapter, and only 493 pages, Discovering the Life Span is more manageable for instructors and students. This format allows instructors to cover all areas of the life span without having to sacrifice content during their one-term course. Students get a better sense of the entire process of development. Interactive online resources like MyDevelopmentLab with MyVirtualChild, strong applications, and innovative pedagogy integrated throughout the text produce a meaningful learning experience for students. These tools best prepare students to apply the content to their personal and future professional lives.Want to learn more about MyVirtualChild? Visit and click on the `watch this video' link to learn about MyVirtualChild. MyDevelpmentLab with MyVirtualChild is available at
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Chapter 1. BEGINNINGSModule 1-1: Beginnings: An Introduction to Development Across the Life SpanModule 1-2: The Start of Life: Genetics and Prenatal DevelopmentModule 1-3: Birth and the Newborn Infant Chapter 2. INFANCY: FORMING THE FOUNDATIONS OF LIFEModule 2-1: Physical DevelopmentModule 2-2: Cognitive Development Module 2-3: Social and Personality Development Chapter 3. THE PRESCHOOL YEARSModule 3-1: Physical DevelopmentModule 3-2: Cognitive Development Module 3-3: Social and Personality Development Chapter 4. MIDDLE CHILDHOODModule 4-1: Physical DevelopmentModule 4-2: Cognitive Development Module 4-3: Social and Personality Development Chapter 5. ADOLESCENCEModule 5-1: Physical DevelopmentModule 5-2: Cognitive Development Module 5-3: Social and Personality Development Chapter 6: EARLY ADULTHOODModule 6-1: Physical DevelopmentModule 6-2: Cognitive DevelopmentModule 6-3: Social and Personality Development Chapter 7. MIDDLE ADULTHOODModule 7-1: Physical DevelopmentModule 7-2: Cognitive DevelopmentModule 7-3: Social and Personality Development Chapter 8. LATE ADULTHOODModule 8-1: Physical DevelopmentModule 8-2: Cognitive DevelopmentModule 8-3: Social and Personality Development Chapter 9. ENDINGSModule 9-1: Dying and Death Across the LifespanModule 9-2: Confronting DeathModule 9-3: Grief and Bereavement

About the Author

Robert S. Feldman is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A recipient of the College Distinguished Teacher Award, he teaches psychology classes ranging in size from 15 to nearly 500 students. During the course of more than two decades as a college instructor, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, Virginia Commonwealth University, in addition to the University of Massachusetts. Professor Feldman, who initiated the Minority Mentoring Program at the University of Massachusetts, also has served as a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and Senior Online Teaching Fellow. He initiated distance learning courses in psychology at the University of Massachusetts A Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, Professor Feldman received a B.A. with High Honors from Wesleyan University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award, and he has written more than 100 books, book chapters, and scientific articles. He has edited Development of Nonverbal Behavior in Children (Springer-Verlag), Applications of Nonverbal Behavioral Theory and Research (Erlbaum), and co-edited Fundamentals of Nonverbal Behavior (Cambridge University Press). He is also author of Child Development, Understanding Psychology, and P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life. His books have been translated into a number of languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese. His research interests include honesty and deception in everyday life and the use of nonverbal behavior in impression management, and his research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research. Professor Feldman loves music, is an enthusiastic pianist, and enjoys cooking and traveling. He has three children, and he and his wife, a psychologist, live in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range.

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