This bestselling textbook provides social science students with an accessible introduction to neuroscience and the implications for our understandings of child development, considering the links between brain development and social and cultural issues.
Now covering the 0 -18+ age range, the new edition critically analyses the relationship between children and young people’s thoughts, behaviours and feelings and the ways in which their developing brains are structured. It includes a new section on emotional development in adolescence, considering the impact of drugs and alcohol on the brain and the role of brain changes in driving risky behaviours.
Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, the text connects the latest scientific knowledge to the practice of understanding and working with children. Incorporating the latest research and debate throughout, the book offers students and CYP practitioners:
• case studies showing how brain science is changing practice;
• a companion website including self-test questions;
• end of chapter summaries, further reading and questions to test knowledge;
• a glossary of neuroscientific terms.
Rob Abbott is a counsellor and supervisor, Registered Member of BACP (Snr accredited) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is an associate lecturer at the Open University and Clinical Director of the Arun Counselling Centre in Sussex.
Esther Burkitt is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Chichester, has Chartered Psychologist and Scientist status with the British Psychological Society and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Introduction to the second edition
Chapter 1 : Getting to know the human brain
Chapter 2 : How brains develop
Chapter 3 : The development of thinking
Chapter 4 : Health and the developing brain
Chapter 5 : Emotional and Social Development
Chapter 6 : Attachment and trauma
Chapter 7 : Language Development
Chapter 8 : Literacy and numeracy development
Chapter 9 : Learning and memory
Chapter 10 : Genetics and neurodevelopmental disorders