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Developmental Psychology Chapter 1 Study Guide

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Developmental Psychology Chapter 1 Study Guide

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Kortney Keane Study Guide Ch1 Developmental Psychology 1.  Define development. Development is the pattern of movement or change that begins at conception and continues  through the human life span. 2.  Describe how the traditional approach to development differs from the life­span approach.  Can you draw a continuous line graph that would illustrate the contrast in the two approaches? (I  know this will be difficult to submit to me—just see if you can do it! You could describe what  your lines look like to me in words.) The traditional approach to studying development focuses on the vast changes from birth to  adolescence, very little change in adulthood, and then finally a decline during old age. The life­ span approach focuses on the changes during adulthood and childhood.                   Traditional                         Life­span             3. Contrast/describe life span and life expectancy. What is the current life span and life  expectancy of a human? The maximum life span is currently 122 years. The life span can only be changed if a person out  lives the age of 122. The life expectancy is the average age that is predicted for a person to live  based on the year they were born. In 2010 the life expectancy in the United States was 78 years  old. 4.  Name and describe the 3 types of influences on our development. Normative age­graded influences­ These influences occur during age milestones such as  beginning school, puberty, menopause, and retirement. Both sociocultural, environmental, and  biological processes contribute. Normative history­graded influences­ Major events can also influence development. One  example is the integration of computers, cell phones, and other technology advances during the  1990’s. This is only one example. Another part of normative historical change includes long­ term changes in the genetic and cultural make up of a population. Normative live events­ These don’t occur in everyone’s life. They are unusual occurrences that  have a major impact on one’s life. An example of this would be getting pregnant at a young age. 5.  Define (in your own words) biological processes, cognitive processes, and socioemotional  processes. Give a real life example of each. Biological Process­ This involves the changes in one’s physical nature. Example­ As you age,  you get taller. Cognitive process­ This process involved the changes in someone’s thoughts, intelligence, and  language. Example­ When a child begins school they expand their vocabulary. Socioemotional Process­ This is when an individual’s relationships with others change and they  experience change in emotion and personality. Example­ When a child begins puberty their  emotions change. 6.  How many Periods of Development are most widely accepted? There are eight periods of development. Kortney Keane (Prenatal, infancy, early childhood, middle and late childhood, adolescence, early adulthood,  middle adulthood, and late adulthood) 7.  Briefly convey your understanding of the Nature vs. Nurture controversy. Which do you  consider more important in your development? Nature is what you inherit from your parents. Nurturing is what you learn from your  environmental experiences. I consider nurturing to be more important to development. 8.  Study the four types of age. Identify each of the 4 in the following scenario:   ____chronological  A 55 year old woman ____psychological  takes a new position as CEO with many demands ____social She has to relocate to a new state and has not had time to make any real friends ___biological She is suffering from frequent headaches, probably a result of the stress. 9.  What are the two main psychoanalytic theories discussed in your text? Freud’s Theory and Erikson’s Psychosocial Theory. 10. Establish a connection or comparison between the following four words: psychoanalytic,  cognitive, conscious, unconscious. Psychoanalytic theories suggest that development occurs in the unconscious mind. Cognitive  processes suggest that development happens in the conscious mind. Changes in an individual  thoughts, intelligence, and language occur in cognitive processes. 11. What are the three cognitive theories discussed in your text? Piaget’s Cognitive Development Theory, Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Cognitive Theory, Vandura’s Social Cognitive Theory. 12. Look at Figure 1.8.  List the four stages of Piaget’s theory. Sensorimotor Stage, Preoperational Stage, Concrete Operational Stage, Formal Operational  Stage. 13.  Explain Skinner’s Operant Conditioning theory. Give a real life example. (Preferably one  you’ve thought of and not the author of our text.) Skinner’s theory explains how when a child does something good, rewarding them will  encourage them to do it again. Then when a child does something bad, punishing them will  discourage them from doing it again. For example, if a child does something good, giving them a sticker will encourage them to continue that behavior. Another example is when a child has bad  behavior, putting them in time out will discouraging them from repeating the action. 14. Explain what is meant by eclectic theoretical orientation. This does not follow any theoretical approach but instead presents the best features of each  theory. 15.  Read the section on Experimental Research. Explain, in your own words, the difference  between the independent variable and the dependent variable. An independent variable is a variable that can be changed independently to determine an effect. A dependent variable is something that can change in response to independent variables  changing. 16.  Differentiate between the control group and the experimental group in an experiment. The control group is just like the experimental group except with one independent factor. Kortney Keane 17.  The American Psychological Association has addressed four important guidelines when  doing research. List them. Informed consent, Confidentiality, Debriefing, and Deception. 18.  Albert Bandura is the leading social cognitive theorist. He says we learn through watching  others and imitating them. Give me an example of something you’ve learned by watching  someone else. Who did you imitate? What specific behavior did you imitate? What did you  learn? (3 pts.) I took dance class from the time I was 3 to 18. I learned technique, like how to point my toes and turn out my feet, from my teachers. When they taught us a routine I had to imitate their  movement. From taking dance lessons, I learned to pay attention to detail. 19.  Turn back to pg. 14. What does research tell us about happiness and age?  Complete Fig. 1.5 and discuss your results. Do you agree? How satisfied are you with life at this point? (3 pts.) As you age you become happier. I am satisfied with life at this point. I agree with my results. I  think that I am at a stressful age. I have school work, a job, a car payment, student loan  payments, ect.  20. Study figure 1.13. Identify the experimental group, control group, independent variable, and  the dependent variable in the following experiment:  (4 pts.) A physical trainer wants to determine if taking a particular supplement called BFS will increase the strength of the people who take it. The experimental group is the group taking the supplement. The control group is the group not taking the supplement. The independent variable s the supplement The dependent variable is the strength of the participants.


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