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Ch 13: Basics of Life Span Developmental Psychology

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Watch video lessons on the basics of lifespan developmental psychology and learn about physical development, agents of socialization, gender differences and more.

Basics of Lifespan Developmental Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Who we are as human beings is developed over the course of an entire lifetime. The lessons in this chapter will teach you about cognitive, emotional, social and physical development. You'll learn about different research methods for studying human growth and development and look at the different factors that can affect a person's development. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain the different perspectives for looking at developmental psychology
  • Provide examples of social, emotional and cognitive skills
  • Describe the research methods used in developmental psychology
  • Explain whether gender differences are due to nature or nurture

Video Objective
Intro to Developmental Psychology Learn the goals of this branch of psychology.
Overview of Life Span Developmental Psychology Explore the principles of lifespan developmental psychology, such as plasticity and multidimensionality.
What is Development? - Growth, Maturation & Learning Look at the influences of development and explain why it's so important.
Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives Learn about the different perspectives of development, such as cognitive, behavioral and humanistic perspectives, and look at the contributing psychologists of each.
Continuity and Discontinuity in Development Learn about changes that take place gradually (continuity) and those that occur abruptly (discontinuity) and discuss how these changes relate to development.
What are Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development? Provide examples of social, cognitive and emotional skills and explain how these types of skills differ.
Scientific Method Applications to Human Growth and Development Research Apply the scientific method to research in the field of human growth and development.
Data Collection Methods for Human Growth and Development Research Look at different methods for conducting human growth and development research, such as the cross-sectional method and longitudinal method.
What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples Explain physical development and provide examples of changes that take place in this type of development.
Agents of Socialization: Family, Schools, Peers and Media Explain how different influences, such as the media, family and schools, can affect a child's socialization.
Functions of School: Socialization, Cultural Innovation, Integration & Latent Functions Explain the different ways school contributes to a child's development.
Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate Describe the ways nature and nurture contribute to a person's gender roles.
Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning Provide an evolutionary perspective to explain why humans learn the way they do.
Gottlieb's Epigenetic Psychobiological Systems Perspective: Concepts & Definitions Learn about Gottlieb's epigenetic psychobiological systems perspective and explain the main points of this perspective.

14 Lessons in Chapter 13: Basics of Life Span Developmental Psychology
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Developmental Psychology: Definition, Theorists & Types of Growth

1. Developmental Psychology: Definition, Theorists & Types of Growth

Why do we study psychological development? People change over their lifetimes, and developmental psychology helps us explore what changes and what stays the same. Learn about some of the big names in this field whose work and theories you'll explore in other lessons

Overview of Life Span Developmental Psychology

2. Overview of Life Span Developmental Psychology

Developmental psychology studies the way people change and grow. In this lesson, we'll look at the principles of how people develop across the life span, including multidimensionality, multidirectionality, and plasticity.

What is Development? - Growth, Maturation & Learning

3. What is Development? - Growth, Maturation & Learning

To many people, terms like development, growth, maturation, and learning all mean the same thing. In this lesson, we'll learn the subtle differences between each of these terms and how they apply to human life.

Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

4. Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

How do different people learn? Not everyone agrees. In educational psychology, there are many differing perspectives. This lesson will differentiate between the following psychological perspectives: behavioral, cognitive, developmental, social cognitive and constructivist.

Continuity and Discontinuity in Development

5. Continuity and Discontinuity in Development

Do people grow and change slowly over time, or do they make sudden steps forward into new phases in their lives? In this lesson, we'll examine the continuity and discontinuity theories of developmental psychology.

What are Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development?

6. What are Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development?

People grow and develop in many different ways and in many different areas. In this lesson, we'll look closer at three types of human development: cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Scientific Method Applications to Human Growth and Development Research

7. Scientific Method Applications to Human Growth and Development Research

Human growth and development researchers utilize the scientific method as they attempt to explain how a person changes throughout their life. The following lesson will explore this process.

Data Collection Methods for Human Growth and Development Research

8. Data Collection Methods for Human Growth and Development Research

This lesson will help you understand and differentiate between the methods of data collection that can be used in human growth and development research.

What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

9. What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

Everyone grows and changes throughout their lives. In this lesson, we'll look at some important times in physical development, including childhood and old age, and how physical development contributes to other types of development.

Agents of Socialization: Family, Schools, Peers and Media

10. Agents of Socialization: Family, Schools, Peers and Media

The socialization that we receive in childhood has a lasting effect on our ability to interact with others in society. In this lesson, we identify and discuss four of the most influential agents of socialization in childhood: family, school, peers, and media.

Functions of School: Socialization, Cultural Innovation, Integration & Latent Functions

11. Functions of School: Socialization, Cultural Innovation, Integration & Latent Functions

Schools serve a number of functions in our society beyond just transmitting academic knowledge and skills. In this lesson, we differentiate between manifest and latent functions of schools and discuss examples of each.

Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

12. Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

Are boys better in math and science courses than girls? Are girls better at activities like dance? Gender stereotypes are abundant in society. Are these stereotypes based on real differences or perpetuated opinions? This lesson focuses on gender differences and the influence of nature versus nurture.

Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

13. Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

In this lesson you will learn about evolutionary theory's application to instinctual learning and human development through natural selection. There is a quiz to test your knowledge at the end.

Gottlieb's Epigenetic Psychobiological Systems Perspective: Concepts & Definitions

14. Gottlieb's Epigenetic Psychobiological Systems Perspective: Concepts & Definitions

Learn about the epigenetic psychobiological systems perspective and Gilbert Gottlieb's theory of probabilistic epigenesis. This theory will help you understand how development is dependent not only on your genes, but also neural activity, behavior and the environment.

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