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Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Instructors teaching this chapter on infant development begin by introducing you to two different views of human growth. You can also weigh in on whether environment or genetics play a greater role in our development and discover developmental milestones in infants' ability to taste, touch, hear, see and smell. A lesson on the leading cause of death among children under 12 months of age wraps up this chapter, which is designed to teach you how to:
- Differentiate between the cephalocaudal and proximodistal principles
- Explain changes to sensorimotor skills in the first two years of life
- Describe the development of infants' and toddlers' perceptual abilities
- List risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome
|Defining the Principles of Growth in Psychology||Understand how the cephalocaudal and proximodistal principles of growth are used to explain human development.|
|Motor, Sensory & Brain Development in the First Two Years of Life||Examine developmental milestones in motor and sensory functioning from birth to age two.|
|Sleep-Wake Patterns in the First Two Years||Learn about the volume and type of sleep infants and toddlers get during the first two years.|
|Infant Perceptual Development and the Five Senses||Survey the sensory abilities of infants. Identify the role of habituation in studying infants' perceptual development.|
|The Visual Cliff Experiment: Purpose & Significance||Get an introduction to the nature vs. nurture debate. Explain the uses of the visual cliff experiment to study infants' depth perception.|
|Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Risk Factors & Prevention||Discuss research and statistics related to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Identify risk factors and methods for preventing SIDS.|
1. Defining the Principles of Growth in Psychology
Everyone grows and changes throughout life. But how does this development occur? In this lesson, we'll look at the two main principles of growth and development: the Cephalocaudal Principle and the Proximodistal Principle.
2. Motor, Sensory & Brain Development in the First Two Years of Life
Babies grow and change so much in the first two years of life, and many of those changes are directly tied to the brain and its key functions. In this lesson, we'll look at brain, motor and sensory development in infants.
3. Sleep-Wake Patterns in the First Two Years
As every new parent knows, babies sleep differently than adults do. In this lesson, we'll look at two key changes in sleep patterns that develop in the first two years of life, the volume and type of sleep.
4. Infant Perceptual Development and the Five Senses
What is habituation and how does it affect perceptual development in an infant? Learn the answer to this question and more as this lesson explores sensory development in infants.
5. The Visual Cliff Experiment: Purpose & Significance
How do babies perceive the world around them? In this lesson, we'll examine the famous visual cliff psychology experiment and how it relates to the classic psychology debate of nature versus nurture.
6. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Risk Factors & Prevention
The leading cause of death for children under the age of one is a large mystery to many people. In this lesson, we'll look closer at Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, including risk factors and prevention measures.
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Other chapters within the DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- Domains of Human Development
- Research Methods and the Study of Life Span Development
- Theoretical Foundations for Life Span Developmental Psychology
- The Impact of Genetics in Human Development & Psychology
- Prenatal Development Concepts
- Childbirth and Newborn Characteristics
- Psychosocial and Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
- Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
- Psychosocial Development in Early Childhood
- Physical and Psychosocial Development in Middle Childhood
- Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
- Physical and Sexual Development in Adolescence
- Psychosocial Development in Adolescence
- Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood
- Psychosocial Development in Early Adulthood
- Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood
- Psychosocial Development in Middle Adulthood
- Physical Development in Late Adulthood
- Psychosocial and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood
- Death and Dying: Stages and Psychological Impact
- DSST Informational Resources
- DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology Flashcards