This is a collection of books written by PIPATL members and other relevant books with links to each book at, where they can be purchased.

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Adult Development and Thought

Clinical approaches to adult development.
Commons, M. L., Demick, J., Goldberg, C. (1996).(Also available in softcover) Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

This volume is one of the first to concentrate on positive growth and development in a clinical arena, rather than loss and pathology. In contrast to the general theories and cross-sectional studies of existing adult developmental research, much of this volume looks at the whole-life level of development of adults through case studies. The book unites three compatible approaches to the study of adult development. The first considers the development of whole life. The second approach examines behavior during certain periods in adults' lives by combining clinical and developmental stage perspectives. The third approach examines "periods of life" following the work of Erikson, Levinson, and Vaillant. The editors of this volume believe that these three approaches form, in their synergy, a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to uniquely difficult problems of late adolescence and early adulthood. It is the unification of these three approches that makes this book unique in its field.

Adult information processing: Limits on loss
Cerella, J., Hoyer, W., Rybash, J., & Commons, M. L., (Eds.). San Diego, CA: Academic Press. (1993).

Addressing a growing imbalance in published reports regarding the decline in information processing abilities with age, 20 contributions identify areas of limited or no decline in cognitive functioning with respect to rate of information processing, attentional capacity, object perception, word perception, language comprehension, learning, memory, and problem-solving.

Beyond Formal Operations: Late Adolescent and Adult Cognitive Development
Commons, M. L. Greenwood Publishing Group.(1984).

Examines the nature of late adolescent and adult thought and concludes that there is describable and significant cognitive development during those stages of life which goes beyond Piaget's stage of formal operations.

Adult Life: Developmental Process
Stevens-Long, J., Commons, M.L. (1992).

An introduction to adult development and aging, discussing treatment of all stages of adult development.


Adult Development: Volume 2: Models and Methods in the Study of Adolescent and Adult Thought
Commons, M.L., Armon, C. Greenwood Publishing Group. (1990).

This volume brings together the works of distinguished authors in the field of postformal-operational cognitive, social, and perceptual development to examine the models and methodology used to investigate postformal thought. The contributors examine both Piagetian and nonstructural models of adult cognitive development, explore the measurement and comparison of cognitive development in adults, and assess the research and theory of adult reasoning in the moral domain. A concluding chapter investigates critical evaluations of postformal research.









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 Wednesday, September 6, 2017
First meeting of the new academic year = Wednesday, September 6th
 Sunday, February 23, 2014
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