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Psych 121: Developmental Psychology

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These notes cover part of the 4th chapter on Developmental Psychology.
Introduction to Psychology
Laura Wagner
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Date Created: 09/27/16
Developmental Psychology  The study of how people develop: o Physically o Cognitively o Socially  Considers role of genetics  Continuous process v. stages  Do early traits stay the same or change through life? o The lifespan perspective Prenatal Development: Conception Birth  Conception  Male Sperm- 23 Chromosomes  Female egg- 23 Chromosomes  Fertilized egg becomes a “zygote” with 46 chromosomes  Zygote- fertilized egg  Goes into 2 week period of rapid cell division o <50% survive past first 2 weeks o Survivors become specialized cells  Embryo Stage- during the 2-8 week period after conception o Zygote attaches to Uterine Wall o Inner-cells of Zygote become emryo o Outer cells become placenta  Fetal Stage: from 9 weeks to birth o Most intense period of development o Fetus starts to look human o Inborn survival skills develop Infancy: Maturation  Maturation- Biological growth process causing natural changes in behavior o Not always due to environment o Can be stunted OR accelerated o “Maturation sets the basic course of development, and experience adjusts it” Infancy: Brain and Motor Skill Development  Brain has growth spurt after birth  Ages 3-6: Rapid growth in frontal lobes o Association areas (thinking, memory, language) are last to develop o Experiences strengthen neural connections  Motor Skills o Develop in progression o Roll over sit up without helpcrawlstandwalkrun! Memory: Infantile Amnesia  First Conscious Memories o ~3.5 years  Unconscious memories form sooner  We start learning early Childhood Cognitive Development: Piaget  Cognition: Mental activities associated with thinking, knowing, remembering, and communication.  Jean Piaget (interest in stages began in 1920) Developmental Psychologist o Mind develops in stages o Core Idea: Urge to make sense of experiences guides mental development Cognitive Development: Piaget’s “Schemas”  Schemas- mental frameworks for organizing info and experiences o We pour our experiences into these schemas. o Helps us make sense of the world! Piaget: Schemas First, we assimilate new experiences o Assimilation- interpret things in terms of our current understanding With new experiences, schema adjusts, or accommodates, new information.  Accommodation- adjust or adapt current schemas to incorporate new info.


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