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Surprise, Uncertainty, and Mental Structures

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$58.00 • £46.95 • €52.00

ISBN 9780674007352

Publication Date: 04/15/2002


272 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

1 halftone; 7 line illustrations


Kagan’s reassessment of research on infants is the most important part of his new book. His arguments on the subject are controversial, of course, and should provoke a much-needed discussion. So the book will make a real contribution to the debate, and is definitely worth reading.—Peter Bryant, Nature

We have come to expect erudite, penetrating, expansive, and scholarly work from Jerome Kagan. Surprise, Uncertainty, and Mental Structures does not disappoint. Kagan, arguably more than any other developmental scientist, has helped to make the study of infancy an important scholarly enterprise. This volume further elucidates the significance of infancy for psychological science… Surprise, Uncertainty, and Mental Structures fills a void with extensions to later development and personality that has been lacking… No other book addresses this niche and no other book conveys the significance of infancy with comparable depth, rigor, and eloquence.—Philip Roman Zelazo, Contemporary Psychology

Kagan puts forth some intriguing ideas, among them that psychologists must move beyond process and discover the mechanisms or structures that underlie those processes… The discipline of psychology is well served by his broad-ranging study.—M. W. York, Choice

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