Psychological Perspectives on Deafness

Psychological Perspectives on Deafness

Psychological Perspectives on Deafness

Psychological Perspectives on Deafness

Synopsis

This edited volume picks up where Psychological Perspectives on Deafness, Volume 1 ended. Composed of review chapters that reflect cutting-edge views from well-known international researchers within the field, this book surveys issues within the field of deafness, such as cognition, learning disabilities, social development, language development, and psychopathology. It also highlights the many new and exciting findings currently emerging from researchers across a variety of disciplines--psychology, education, linguistics, and child development. The chapters will engage, challenge, and lead the field on to productive empirical and theoretical work relating to the broad range of questions which concern the psychological perspectives on deafness.

Excerpt

Edited volumes rarely turn out as editors envision them. Perhaps this is because plans for those works are drawn up before the contributors are contacted and before the practical problems of coordinating a dozen or more independent writers become apparent. In some cases, however, all goes according to plan. This book is one of those exceptions.

When we first approached the contributing authors about this project, we described it as one aimed at providing a comprehensive survey of the psychological foundations and implications of deafness. Our hope was to provide an integrative overview of psychological research concerning deaf individuals, deafness, and related topics. In this, the contributors have been most successful. Taken together, these chapters provide a broad but coherent picture of the scientific issues facing deafness researchers and of the relationships among biology, language, cognition, and social processes in deaf individuals. The authors have offered forthright examinations of the goals, methodologies, and interpretations of research relevant to their own specializations, while at the same time considering broader theoretical motivations and implications of related findings.

Beyond expressing our appreciation to the contributors for their own chapters and their comments on other chapters, there is another important aspect of their contributions that deserves note. In an effort to provide a lasting contribution to the field of deafness research in more than one way, the editors and authors involved in this project agreed at the outset that all proceeds from the volume would be deposited into a special Graduate Student Travel Fund, administered by the Gallaudet University Office of Development. This fund is to . . .

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