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Seeing babies in a new light : the life of Hanuš Papoušek /
by Lynne Sanford Koester and Otto Koester.
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Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005.
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xviii, 219 p.
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0805842705
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Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005.
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0805842705
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5428021
 
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-11-01:
Lynne Koester and Otto Koester (both, Univ. of Montana) have backgrounds in infancy research and Eastern European political history, respectively, and they chose an ideal subject in Czechoslovak psychologist Papousek (1922-2000). An innovator in developmental psychology, Papousek lived through the Nazi occupation and then the Soviet takeover of his native country. He trained as a pediatrician under the Soviet medical system and achieved national prominence as an innovative infancy investigator at Prague's Institute for the Care of Mother and Child, demonstrating the classical and operant conditioning principles that underlie the infant's ability to distinguish stimuli and respond accurately. Papousek used the dominant Pavlovian terminology to highlight the neonate's early discrimination ability. Even while laboring under a politically repressive authoritarian regime, Papousek cultivated contacts in the West and traveled extensively, elaborating his theories everywhere he went. He ultimately defected to the US and then settled in Germany, where he gained international prestige for developing, with his wife, the principle of "intuitive parenting" (which respects the reciprocal interaction of the mother-infant dyad). Above all, Papousek was a caring humanist who had a profound impact on infant mental health; those interested in developmental psychology and pediatric health should know his story. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections; all levels. D. J. Winchester Yeshiva University
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Seeing Babies in a New Light: The Life of Hanus Papousek presents the first in-depth examination of the scientific contributions and life of Hanus Papousek (1922-2000), a leading figure in modern infancy research. The aim is to illuminate the research and ideas of this pediatrician and scholar who was one of the first to examine systematically the world of newborns, a relatively new area of developmental research in the mid-20th century. Papousek's pioneering studies of infants in the early 1950s in Prague are examined to show how his early conditioning studies, together with those of a handful of other researchers in the U.S., shattered prevailing views of infancy in both the East and West. The book also investigates how Papousek and his work, despite Cold War attitudes and restrictions, gradually gained international attention in the early 1960s. In 1970, he left Czechoslovakia to begin a new life in the West, first at Harvard University, and then at the Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich. Until his retirement, Papousek published many innovative studies on parent-infant interactions and developed a theory of Intuitive Parenting with his wife, Mechthild. These theoretical and methodological contributions are discussed, as well as contemporary applications to interventions in the area of infant mental health. This book appeals to teachers and professionals working in the fields of developmental psychology, early childhood education, infancy studies, parenting, and the history of psychology--as well as students preparing for careers in these areas.
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Seeing Babies in a New Light: The Life of Hanus Papousekpresents the first in-depth examination of the scientific contributions and life of Hanus Papousek (1922-2000), a leading figure in modern infancy research. The aim is to illuminate the research and ideas of this pediatrician and scholar who was one of the first to examine systematically the world of newborns, a relatively new area of developmental research in the mid-20th century. Papousek's pioneering studies of infants in the early 1950s in Prague are examined to show how his early conditioning studies, together with those of a handful of other researchers in the U.S., shattered prevailing views of infancy in both the East and West. The book also investigates how Papousek and his work, despite Cold War attitudes and restrictions, gradually gained international attention in the early 1960s. In 1970, he left Czechoslovakia to begin a new life in the West, first at Harvard University, and then at the Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich. Until his retirement, Papousek published many innovative studies on parent-infant interactions and developed a theory of Intuitive Parenting with his wife, Mechthild. These theoretical and methodological contributions are discussed, as well as contemporary applications to interventions in the area of infant mental health. This book appeals to teachers and professionals working in the fields of developmental psychology, early childhood education, infancy studies, parenting, and the history of psychology--as well as students preparing for careers in these areas.
Long Description
This book is about the life and work of Hanus Papousek (1922-2000) who was a major contributor to modern developmental psychology. This book is intended for students, teachers, and professionals in the fields of developmental psychology, early childhood
Unpaid Annotation
Appealing to teachers and professionals working in the fields of developmental psychology, early childhood education, infancy studies, parenting, and the history of psychology, as well as students preparing for careers in these areas, this book presents an in-depth examination of the scientific contributions and life of Hanus Papousek.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Hanus Papousek: Youth, Education, and Early Professional Yearsp. 1
The Early Prague Years: A Scientific Basis for Modern Infancy Studiesp. 27
The Scientist as a Policy Figure: Child-Care Reform and "The First Swallow" of the Prague Springp. 56
Early Recognition Abroadp. 77
From Prague to Harvard: The Transition from East to Westp. 94
The Early Years in Munichp. 113
Including the Parent in the Dyad: Developing a Theory of Intuitive Parentingp. 142
Retirement Years, Current Applications, and Legacyp. 159
Referencesp. 185
List of Publicationsp. 191
Author Indexp. 207
Subject Indexp. 209
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