Book Reviews

Formative Experiences: The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology

March 2010
Cambridge University Press

“A wonderful book for all professionals whose work touches the lives of children and their caregivers, and others in allied fields!”

T. Berry Brazelton, Brazelton Touchpoints Center and Harvard Medical School

“A rich and highly diverse collection of papers that illuminate some of the complex puzzles lying at the interface of development, experience, and biology. Scholars interested in the new evidence on epigenetic processes, Williams syndrome, and cultural influences should profit from this volume.”

Jerome Kagan, Harvard University

“Formative Experiences is a marvelous collection on the frontier of knowledge about the role of the environment in social and emotional development. Its range of contributions – from the developmental psychobiology laboratory to the exotic cross-cultural field study and the clinical challenges of psychological suffering – make it unique, and the distinction of its authors make it indispensable. It sets a new standard for multilevel analysis in this rich and exciting realm of science.”

Melvin Konner, author of The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion, Mind


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