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An Intro to Human Development

by: Caroline Smith

An Intro to Human Development #3377 Human Development 101

Caroline Smith
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Human Development through the Lifespan
Dr. Scofield
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Date Created: 08/31/16
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: INTRO  Definition: Multidisciplinary study of how people change, or remain  unchanged, over the lifespan  o Sometimes change is best understood within the social context in  which it occurs. (For example, health from different cultures and  social standing.) o Sometimes the rate of change is different at different points in the  lifespan. (For example, difference in the rate of change for 18  months to 3 years than from 45­50 years old) o Sometimes interconnected factors are driving change (Such as  vocabulary size and the amount of reading) o Think about: How have you changed since childhood? (Physically, Socially, Intelligence, etc.)  Think about the period between graduating high school and  your first semester in college. What changes have you gone  through? Would you say that you are the same person your  last month of high school as you were your first month of  college?  Periods of development o Prenatal (conception to birth) o Infancy and toddlerhood (birth to 2 years old) o Early childhood (2 years old to 6 years old) o Middle childhood (6 years old to 11) o Adolescence (11 to 18) o Early Adulthood (20 to 40) o Middle Adulthood (40 to 60) o Late Adulthood (60 to 80+)   Studying Development o Developmentalists:  Use theory and research to understand HOW and WHY  change happens.  Ask interesting questions whose answers change over  time.  o For example: infantile amnesia ­ the condition where adults  can't remember their early years of childhood. (Descriptions  of other events actually can alter our own memories.) o General principles: universal changes  Babbling before speaking (Typically, all children babble before they talk, and crawl before they walk.) o Individual differences: individual experience changes at different times o Language abilities in autistic children (A female child first  spoke around her 1st birthday whereas a male child first  spoke around his 2nd birthday.)  o A variety of interacting domains:  Biological  Neurons, puberty, genetics  Cognitive  Thoughts, intelligence, language, memory  Socio­emotional  Relationships, personality, emotions  Environmental  Neighborhoods, moving, climate


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