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Psychology of Development
Psychological Sciences 8410

Spring 2017

Dr. David C. Geary, 212B McAlester Hall
Office Hours: 10:00-10:30 TTR, or by appt.
PH: 882-6268
E-mail: GearyD@Missouri.edu
Web page: http://faculty.missouri.edu/~gearyd/

TTh 11:00 - 12:15 pm., 101 McAlester Hall

Required: Miller, P. H. (2016). Theories of Developmental Psychology (sixth edition). New York: W. H. Freeman.

Required: Psychology of Development Readings, at University Book Store.

The class will include written summaries of the material for each section, as well as a take home final exam. Beginning with the presentation of Piaget's theory, the reading summaries are due the first day that the topic is covered in lecture and should encompass a 2 to 3 page (single spaced) overview of the assigned readings. The final exam will cover the readings section of the class (not the text).

One of the primary goals of this class is to provide an introduction to major developmental theories. The theories provide a conceptual framework for interpreting and predicting the behavior and development of individuals, as well as different perspectives on the developing person. The second goal is to provide a contemporary view of major theoretical perspectives and research topics in developmental psychology. With the associated readings, it is hoped that you will gain a clearer understanding of the complexities of development, as well as a basic understanding of biological and sociocultural influences on development.

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Jan 17 Overview of the class
Jan 19 Intro to Developmental Theories Miller, Chap 1
Jan 24, 26, 31  Piaget's Cognitive Development Theory Miller, Chap 2
Feb 2, 7, 9 Psychoanalytic Theory Miller, Chap 3
Feb 14, 16 Social Learning Theory Miller, Chap 6
Feb 21, 23, 28 Information Processing

Miller, Chap 7,

Mar 2, 7, 9 Ethology Miller, Chap 5
Mar 14, 16, 21        Biology and Genetics Readings
Mar 23, April 4, 6 Evolution Readings
April 11, 13, 18 Family, Peers, and Context Readings
April 20, 25, 27, May 2 Attachment, Emotion, and Temperament Readings
May 4

Catch up; exam overview

May 9 Final Due-Readings (Tuesday, 5:00 PM)

Summaries Due:

Piaget:  Jan 24

Psychoanalysis:  Feb 2

Social Learning:  Feb 14

Information Processing:  Feb 21  

Ethology:  March 2

Biology and Genetics:  March 14

Evolution:  March 23

Family, Peers, and Context:  April 11

Attachment, Emotion, and Temperament:  April 20


Information Processing Reading

Salthouse, T. (2012). Consequences of age-related cognitive declines. Annual review of
Psychology63, 201-226.

Biology and Genetics of Development

Turkheimer, E. (2000). Three laws of behavior genetics and what they mean. Current Directions
in Psychological Science, 9, 160-164.

Scarr, S., & McCartney, K. (1983).  How people make their own environments:  A theory of
genotype –> environment effects. Child Development, 54, 424-435.

Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., & Van IJzendoorn, M. H. (2015). The hidden efficacy of
interventions: Gene× environment experiments from a differential susceptibility perspective.  Annual Review of Psychology66, 381-409.

Burt,  S. A. (2015).  Evidence that the gene–environment interactions underlying youth conduct
problems vary across development. Child Development Perspectives 9, 217–221.

Evolution and Development

Daly, M., & Wilson, M. (1988).  Evolutionary social psychology and family homicide. Science,
242, 519-524.

Del Guidice, M. (2014). Middle childhood: An evolutionary-developmental synthesis. Child
Development Perspectives, 8, 193–200.         

Geary, D. C. (2016). Evolution of paternal investment. In D. M. Buss (Ed.), The evolutionary
psychology handbook (second edition, pp. 524-541). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Geary, D. C. (2016). Evolution of sex differences in trait- and age-specific vulnerabilities.
Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11, 855-876.

Trivers, R. (1974). Parent-offspring conflict. American Zoologist, 14, 249-264.

Family, Peers, and Context

Parke, R. D. (2004). Development in the family. Annual Review of Psychology, 55, 365-399.

Davies, P. T., & Woitach, M. J. (2008). Children’s emotional security in the interparental
relationship. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 269-274.

Rose, A. J., & Rudolph, K. D. (2006). A review of sex differences in peer relationship processes:
Potential trade-offs for the emotional and behavioral development of girls and boys. Psychological Bulletin, 132, 98-131.

Rose, A. J., & Asher, S. R. (2016). The social tasks of friendship: Do boys and girls excel in
different tasks? Child Development Perspectives. On-line ahead of print.

Bronfenbrenner, U. (1986).  Ecology of the family as a context for human development.      Developmental Psychology, 22, 723-742.

Attachment, Emotion, and Temperament

Waldinger, R. J., & Schulz, M. S. (2016). The long reach of nurturing family environments:
Links with midlife emotion-regulatory styles and late-life security in intimate relationships. Psychological Science. On-line ahead of print.

Lansford, J. E. (2009). Parental divorce and children's adjustment. Perspectives on Psychological
Science4, 140-152.

Chaplin, T. M., & Aldao, A. (2013). Gender differences in emotion expression in children: A meta-
analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 735–765

Denissen, J. J., Aken, M. A., Penke, L., & Wood, D. (2013). Self‐regulation underlies
temperament and personality: An integrative developmental framework. Child Development Perspectives7, 255-260.