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Joan Littlefield Cook teaches in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. As an undergraduate she majored in Psychology at Tennessee Technological University. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Over the last 18 years she has taught courses related to child and adolescent development, educational psychology, and cognitive psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Middle Tennessee State University. Her classes have ranged from large lecture courses (with 300 or more students) to small seminars. Students have always appreciated her knowledge of the field and her ability to present information in a way that is useful, motivating, and friendly. In fact, the Student Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison voted her as one of their most outstanding professors. Joan's research is on mathematical problem solving and cognitive development. She and her colleagues have published paperrs in the Journal of Educational Psychology, Intelligence, Cogition & Instruction, Memory & Cognition, the Gifted Child Quarterly, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology. She has co-authored two other books and numerous instructional materials.
Greg Cook also teaches Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He majored in Psychology at the University of Dayton and later received his Ph.D. in Psychology at Vanderbilt University. For the last 18 years he has taught courses in child development, research methods, statistics, and related topics at Whitewater as well as at the Madison and Richland Center campuses in the University of Wisconsin system and Vanderbilt University. At Whitewater, he received a departmental award for excellence in teaching. Students consistently comment on his ability to present difficult information in a clear and understandable way. His research in cognitive development ahs been published in scholarly journals such as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. He also collaborated with colleagues in the College of Education on studies published in the Journal of Experimental Education, the Journal of Research & Development in Education, and the Journal of Reading Education.
|Exploring Child Development|
|Defining The Field|
|What Drives Development? Nature, and Nurture, and Reciprocal Relationships|
|Theories Of Child Development|
|What Is a Theory, and Why Are Theories Useful?|
|Behavioral and Social Learning Theories|
|Contextual and Systems Theories|
|Using the Scientific Method: Research in Child Development|
|Descriptive Research Methods|
|Correlational Research Methods: Measuring Associations|
|Experimental Research Methods: Determining Cause and Effect|
|Methods for Assessing Development|
|Ethics in Research with Children|
|Applications of Child Development Research and Careers Related to Children|
|Practical Applications of Child Development Research|
|Personal Perspective "Meet First-Time Expectant Parents"|
|Social Policy Perspective: "Every Day in America"|
|Careers Related to Children|
|Professional Perspective: "Career Focus: Meet a School Social Worker"|
|Heredity and the Environmentgenes and Human Reproduction|
|Genes and the Magical Four-Letter CodeSocial Policy Perspective: "Protecting the Genetic Privacy of Citizens"|
|Human Reproduction and Cell Division|
|Personal Perspective: "Meet a Couple Who Used Artificial Insemination "|
|How Traits and Genetic Abnormalities are Inherited|
|Dominant Recessive TraitsChromosome Abnormalities|
|Prenatal Screening and Genetic Testing|
|Professional Perspective: "Career Focus: Meet a Genetic Counselor"|
|How Genes and Environments Interact|
|Range of Reaction|
|CanalizationNiche-Picking: I Gotta Be Me ...Probabilistic Epigenesis: Activating Your Genes|
|Behavior Genetics: Measuring the Heritability of Traits|
|Behavior Genetics, Heritability, and Shared and Nonshared Environments|
|How Is Heritability Estimated?|
|Heritability of Complex Characteristics|
|Prenatal Development and Birthprenatal Development|
|ConceptionStages of Prenatal Development|
|Teratogens: Health Risks for the Baby|
|Personal Perspective: "Meet a Family Who Adopted a Child with FAS"|
|Cigarette SmokingSocial Policy Perspective: "The Case of Malissa Ann Crawley"|
|Maternal AgeCritical Periods|
|The Role of Fathers|
|The Process of Birth|
|Stages of Birth|
|Options in Giving Birth: Choices and Alternatives|
|Professional Perspective: "Career Focus: Meet a Certified Nurse Midwife."|
|Drugs during Labor and Delivery|
|The Partner's Role: Helping During Birth|
|Birthing Complications: Something Isn't Right|
|Here's the Newborn!|
|Infants At Risk: Prematurity and Infant Mortality|
|What Is Prematurity?|
|Prenatal Care: Having a Healthy Baby|
|Becoming A Family: Psychological Adjustments to Having a Newborn|
|The Transition to ParenthoodBecoming the Big Brother or Sister|
|Physical Development: Body, Brain, and Perception|
|Physical Growth and the Development of Motor Coordination|
|Reflexes: The Infant's First Coordinated Movements|
|Voluntary Movements: The Motor Milestones|
|Professional Perspective: "Career Focus: Meet a Physical Therapist|
|"Nutrition and Eating-Related Problems|
|Development of the Brain and Nervous System|
|Structure of the Brain and Nervous System|
|Forming the Brain and Nervous System|
|The Role of Experience in Brain Development|
|Social Policy Perspective: "Can Mozart Stimulate Neural Connections in Infants?"|
|Neural Plasticity and Sensitive Periods|
|Larger Developmental Patterns in the Bra|
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