Biological and Neuropsychological Mechanisms: Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Biological and Neuropsychological Mechanisms: Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Biological and Neuropsychological Mechanisms: Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Biological and Neuropsychological Mechanisms: Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Synopsis

Consistent with preceding volumes in this series, the contributors represent a variety of disciplines related to the theme of the conference and the ensuing volume. In the present instance, the theme is biological and neuropsychological mechanisms in life-span psychological development and the disciplines represented are behavioral medicine, neurology, neuropsychology, psychophysiology, and psychology. The theme is expressed in theories and findings about genetic and environmental mechanisms; brain mechanisms; relations of physiological functioning in infancy to later development; physiological risk factors in infancy, adolescence, and old age; methodological and data analytic problems; and issues about the validity of neuropsychological assessment. This volume begins with overviews of theoretical and methodological issues and continues with chapters dealing with selected portions of the life span.

Excerpt

The chapters in this volume evolved from oral presentations given at the Thirteenth West Virginia University Conference on Life-Span Developmental Psychology, held in Morgantown, West Virginia. Consistent with preceding volumes in this series, the contributors represent a variety of disciplines related to the theme of the conference and the ensuing volume: In the present instance, the theme is biological and neuropsychological mechanisms in life-span psychological development, and the disciplines represented are behavioral medicine, neurology, neuropsychology, psychophysiology, and psychology. The theme is expressed in theories and findings about genetic and environmental mechanisms (Sandra Scarr), brain mechanisms (Marcel Kinsbourne; Dennis Molfese, Victoria Molfese, Leslie Gill, & Sharon Benshoff; Charles Nelson), relations of physiological functioning in infancy to later development (Stephen Porges & Jane Doussard-Roosevelt), physiological risk factors in infancy (David Tupper), adolescence (Robert McCaffrey & Catherine Forneris), old age (Robert Keefover & Eric Rankin), methodological and data analytic problems (John Nesselroade & Jack McArdle), and issues about the validity of neuropsychological assessment (Michael Franzen & Peter Arnett).

This volume starts with overviews of theoretical and methodological issues (Scarr; Nesselroade & McArdle; Franzen & Arnett) and continues with chapters dealing with selected portions of the life span -- four chapters on mechanisms in infancy (Molfese et al.; Nelson; Tupper; Porges & Doussard-Roosevelt), two chapters on mechanisms in childhood and adolescence (Kinsbourne; McCaffrey & Forneris), and one chapter on mechanisms in adulthood and old age (Keefover & Rankin). The disproportionate . . .

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