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Introduction to Psychology Notes Week 5 (2/15 - 2/17)

by: Sadie Threlkel

Introduction to Psychology Notes Week 5 (2/15 - 2/17) PSY 100-006

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The notes from Wednesday after Exam 1.
Introductory Psychology
Maeve Bronwyn O'Donnell
Class Notes
PSY100, Psychology
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Sadie Threlkel on Sunday February 21, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSY 100-006 at Colorado State University taught by Maeve Bronwyn O'Donnell in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 34 views. For similar materials see Introductory Psychology in Psychlogy at Colorado State University.


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Date Created: 02/21/16
Psychology Notes 2/15 – 2/17 2/15 EXAM 1 2/17 Early Development Developmental Psychology ­The study of life long physical, mental and social changes/development ­Continuity vs. Stages – weather changes occur in stages or gradually over time Prenatal Development ­Zygote o Conception to 2 weeks o Cells identical ­Embryo o Weeks 2 – 8  o Cells differentiate ­Fetus o 9 weeks to birth o Organ function Teratogens (Harmful to Pregnancy) ­Infections/Diseases  o HIV/AIDS, STIs, UTIs, Chicken Pox o Toxoplasmosis – out door cat’s feces ­Toxins o Lead, insecticides, household cleaners ­Drugs o Alcohol, cigarettes, illegal drugs, OTC drugs Newborn Reflexes ­Rooting – searching for ‘food’ ­Sucking – requires complex coordination ­Moro – tries to grab on to something when falling ­Babinski – curling toes when foot is touched ­Step – walking­like behavior ­Grasp – grab on to objects placed in their hands ­ALL are important for survival! Newborn Preferences ­Viewing things 8 – 12 inches away (distance from mother’s face when feeding) ­Faces/face like objects ­Their mother’s smell/breastmilk   Habituation ­Decrease in attending to novel stimuli after repeated exposure with it ­Ex. New toys > old toys Infant Brain Development  ­Use it or lose it – Synaptic Pruning  ­By age 20, humans have lost 90% of neurons we were born with Critical Periods ­Definition: limited time window for learning a skill ­Ex. Language, depth perception, etc. ­Environment vital to leaning that skill (Genie) Cognitive Development Memory – Infantile Amnesia ­Seldom do people have memories before the age of 3 ­Why? o Brain development (frontal lobes, hippocampus, etc.) ­Jean Piaget o Developmental theorist  o Intelligence tests for children  ­Piaget ‘Learning Terms’ o Schemas – concepts of things in the world around us that are based on  experiences o Assimilate – interpret new experiences based on current schemas o Accommodate – adjusting schema based on new information (primarily making a  new schema for a ‘new’ thing)


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