Interaction for the Masses

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(7), 578–579. Reviews the book, The Development of Behavior: A Synthesis of Developmental and Comparative Psychology by Bill Seay and Nathan Gottfried (see record 1979-20005-000). The book is intended as an undergraduate level text. Its style of writing is generally clear and uncomplicated, yet provides no suggestion of “writing down” to the student for whom it is intended. The authors' subscription to interacionistic thinking appears not only in their insistence that behavior is best understood through examining these complex interactions, but also in their argument that the subdisciplines of comparative and developmental psychology are independent and mutually supportive areas of our discipline“. The book is probably most effectively used in sophomore-level courses in developmental psychobiology, in comparative psychology or animal behavior courses with developmental biases. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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