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"Human Development Chapter 8 Part 1 notes"

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"Human Development Chapter 8 Part 1 notes" PSYCH-11672-001-201610

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Date Created: 02/25/16
Human Development Chapter 8 (Part 1)  Human development: pattern of continuity and change in human capabilities that occurs throughout the lifespan  What do developmental psychologists study? o Universal characteristics: what we all go through (adolescence, puberty, etc.) o Individual variation: society (influences development) Issues in Developmental Psychology  Nature v. Nurture: different developmental roles influence our lives o Nature: genetics o Nurture: environment o How behavior changes  Change v. Stability (personality characteristics) o Behaviors over time: personality traits  When born – we have a certain temperament Stages v. Continuity o Sudden shifts or slow, gradual changes o Depends on evidence Studying Development  Cross-sectional designs: several different age groups are studied at one time point o Done more commonly, inexpensive and quick process  Longitudinal designs: one group of participants studied over a long period of time o Shows change over time, but takes a long time to perform study Cross-sectional vs. Longitudinal o Cross-sectional:  Advantages: cheaper and quicker  Disadvantages: not sure if groups are different because of generation and cohort effects o Longitudinal:  Advantages: more powerful and no cohort effects  Disadvantages: more time and money; attrition (people drop out of study) 3 Areas of Study in Development:  1.) Germinal Period (first 2 weeks)  2.) Embryonic Period (next 6 weeks)  3.) Fetal Period (last 7 months of pregnancy) 1.) Germinal Period:  The first 2 weeks after conception  MASSIVE cell division occurs  The infant is called a zygote  Ends with implantation into uterine wall 2.) Embryonic Period  Weeks 3-8 after conception  MASSIVE cell differentiation o Cells form other parts of the body  Nutrients passed on through placenta (& umbilical cord)  End: Indication of ALL different parts of body o Parts are small and premature  Placenta: filter; keeps some things out o Mother gets hungry more often because food is passed to baby 3.) Fetal Period:  Months 2-9 after conception  MASSIVE physical growth  30-40 weeks = FULL TERM  Ends at 40 weeks with birth  Teratogens: any agent that can cause birth defect o Ex: drugs, food, viruses (passed through placenta)  Can cause SEVERE problems  Critical periods: time when developing organs are MOST susceptible to birth defects o Alcohol CAN CAUSE birth defects  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): a cluster of problems that appear in the children of mothers who drink alcohol heavily during pregnancy o Physical and mental abnormalities


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