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Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Author: Michael Lamoreux

Beginning to understand how we come to be the people we are is a critical step in understanding ourselves as we are today and who we may become as we grow older. From the moment of conception, each of us is headed down a pathway of change, influenced by our biology, environment, and social interactions, to a final destination that is the same for all of us. The twists and turns of the pathway are what make each of us unique individuals. In this s tutorial you will look at the influences that help determine our developmental pathway through life. 

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Monkeys and Morality

In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank takes a look at a few experiments that helped us understand how we develop as human beings. Things like attachment, separation anxiety, stranger anxiety, and morality are all discussed... also, a seriously unpleasant study with monkeys and fake mothers.

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The Growth of Knowledge

How does our knowledge grow? It turns out there are some different ideas about that. Schemas, Four-Stage Theory of Cognitive Development, and Vygotsky's Theory of Scaffolding all play different roles but the basic idea is that children think about things very differently than adults. Hank explains in today's episode of Crash Course Psychology.

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In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank has a look at that oh so troublesome time in everyone's life: Adolescence! He talks about identity, individuality, and The Breakfast Club.

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Stages of Grief/Death

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Developmental Psych Review PPT

Understand methods used to study development.
1. Describe the issues of continuity/discontinuity and stability/change. 2.Describe how environmental and biological factors interact
3. Trace physical development from conception through birth and identify
influences on prenatal development.
4. Explain the role of sensitive and critical periods in development.
5. Learn about childhood physical and motor development.
6. Explain how cognitive abilities develop during childhood.
7. Outline the development of communication and language.
8. Explain temperament, the development of attachment, and the role of
the caregiver.
9. Discuss social, cultural, and emotional development through childhood.
10. Outline the development of cognition and morality.
11. Consider the role of family and peers in adolescent development.
12. Explain identity formation.
14. Describe major physical changes associated with adulthood and
15. Understand cognitive changes in adulthood and aging.
16. Learn about social, cultural, and emotional issues in aging.
17. Discuss issues related to the end of life.

Source: Psychology: Elmhorst Minter & Spilis