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Lifespan Development Week 1 Notes

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Lifespan Development Week 1 Notes PSY 2603 001

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These notes cover what development is, the three levels of studying development, the approaches to studying development (traditional vs. lifespan), and more basics.
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Lara Mayeux
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Date Created: 01/21/16
Lifespan Development Week 1 Notes 393 What is development 0 Simplest way to explain it quotchange over timequot oz 3 levels of studying development 0 Identifying changes 0 WHAT is happening 0 We can observe document amp describe these changes 0 Processes underlying these changes 0 HOW amp WHY are these changes happening 0 Strategies the ways in which individuals create their own change 0 What is the person doing to further her own development 0 Even infants have certain ways of interacting with the world that bring knowledge 393 Lifespan What does it mean 0 Traditional approach to development 0 Little attention to prenatal development 0 Focus primarily is on infancyadolescence Not study change during adulthood because it is assumed no change occurred 0 Aging viewed as period of decline losing function health etc o Lifespan approach to development 0 ALL phases of life are studied 0 Continuous developmental change from conception to death Sub elds like geriatric psychology 0 Human development is multidimensional development occurs in many different domains all at the same time 0 Human development is also multidirectional sometimes development means we gain a skill or add an ability but sometimes development means we lose something like strength or bone density 0 Sometimes losing something leads to a gain infants are born being able to distinguish every sound but that is lost as they develop but this is a positive thing because they are able to learn our language Plastic in uencedchanged by external factors 0 Speci cally brain development Contextual we are the product of our environment Broader patterns o Multidisciplinary there a lot of different elds that contribute to what we know about developmental psychology oz Guiding Issues in the Study of Lifespan Development 0 Nature amp Nurture what drives change our genes or our environment 0 Both our genes AND our environment in uence our development 0 They work together 0 Stability amp Change 0 Continuity amp Discontinuity Continuous development gradual smooth change over time Discontinuous development stages infancy childhood adolescence adulthood random massive cognitive leap and you re now in a new stage Focus would be on the fact that a baby started walking rather than the small gradual steps that led to the baby walking It s all about how and how often observations are made 393 Studying change over time 0 Experiments have to be set up carefully We want to be able to observe the actual process of how individuals change from one age to the next 0 Crosssectional design looking at people who differ on one key characteristic such as age at one speci c point in time 0 Ex grades 3 5 7 9 all interviewed in one year 0 Big disadvantage to this design you re not really documenting true developmental change across ages because it is all done at one point in time Advantage doesn t take long 0 Not ideal 0 Longitudinal design 0 Ex same 3rCI graders repeatedly interviewed in grades 3 5 7 9 Advantage can actually look at the development over time Disadvantage takes years expensive 0 Sequential design Combines crosssectional amp longitudinal Recruiting 3rCI amp 5th graders the next year go back and recruit them as 5th amp 7th graders 0 Nice compromise between the two oz Ethics need to keep experiments ethical amp protect subjects 0 APA has guidelines Dictates how we interact with subjects 0 Each university has an IRB Institutional Review Board 0 Main purpose of IRB protect human subjects at the university IRB is particularly strict about research on kids 0 Minimal risk amp manageable Won t cause harm o Considerations 0 Does the research pose risk 0 Privacy amp con dentiality maintained at all times 393 Theoretical Perspectives on Development 0 Behaviorism Children as passive participants in their development 0 Children can only do what their environments direct them to do 0 Most responses are due to quottrainingquot 0 Classical conditioning Physiological emotional responses can be quottrainedquot Ivan Pavlov and the salivating dog trained a dog to be scared of the sound of a metronome by turning on metronome then administering a shock to the dog Dog associates sound of metronome with pain ofshock Even when not shocked dog still freaks out at sound of metronome because it expects the shock john B Watson s studies with Little Albert Infant is stimulated with a loud sound as animal is presented Infant associates loud sounds with animals Results in infant being afraid of animals Operant Conditioning Humans are trained by the consequences of their behavior 0 Rewarded will repeat 0 Punished will not repeat 0 BF Skinner Put his kids in quotskinner boxesquot amp even encouraged others to do it 0 Social Cognitive Theory 0 Behavior cognitions amp environment all in uence behavior Observational learning 0 Children learn by imitating their parents amp other role models Bandura s Bobo dolls o Took kids into room with toys told some kids they could play with any toy and told some kids they couldn t An adult came in amp starting punching Bobo doll as kids watched o The kids that were told they could play with any toy didn t show much aggression toward Bobo doll The frustrated kids that couldn t play with any toy imitated what the adult did and punched the Bobo doll


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