From Cognition in Search of Affect

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 232–233. Reviews the books, Piaget: With Feeling. Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Dimensions by Philip A. Cowan (1979); and Pathway to Piaget: A Guide for Clinicians, Educators, and Developmentalists by Hugh Rosen (1977). Both of these books claim to offer more than previous reviews of Piaget's work. Both authors are clinicians and present their books as being particularly relevant to people who actually work with young children in clinical and educational settings. Piaget's research has tended to emphasize the cognitive-structural bases of human development in terms of such impersonal categories as space, time, and number. Although Piaget has chosen to focus his research on the colder, intellectual side of development instead of the warmer, affective side, his general model provides a rich foundation for understanding both sides. Rosen's book is a dry and often ponderous writing style In contrast, Cowan's book is easy to read. His descriptions and interpretations are accurate, and difficult conceptual issues are presented with unusual clarity and succinctness. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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