ERIC Number: EJ1157878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Neglected but Exciting Concepts in Developmental and Neurobiological Psychology
Jordan, Evan M.; Thomas, David G.
Psychology Learning and Teaching, v16 n3 p292-305 Nov 2017
This review provides an evaluative overview of five concepts specific to developmental and neurobiological psychology that are found to be largely overlooked in current textbooks. A sample of 19 introductory psychology texts was surveyed to develop a list, including glial cell signaling, grandmother cells, memory reconsolidation, brain plasticity, and moral judgements by infants. These topics are relatively new, have proven to be of high impact in their respective fields, but are rarely discussed in psychological textbooks or by instructors in the classroom. In addition to a brief, but detailed background on each of the concepts, potential textbook chapters and classroom topics that would benefit from a discussion of these concepts are identified. Finally, this review briefly addresses possible ways for textbook authors to incorporate these new topics in future editions of texts without drastically increasing the overall length of the text.
Descriptors: Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology, Biology, Textbooks, Introductory Courses, Textbook Content, Memory, Brain, Decision Making, Moral Values, Infants, Cytology
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