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Ch 1: Domains of Human Development

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Watch online domains of development video lessons and learn the main principles of lifespan developmental theory, nature versus nurture, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Domains of Development Concepts - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Learn about the various ways psychologists understand human development. In this chapter, instructors will explain emotional, cognitive, social and physical developmental from the perspective of psychological theories. You will be introduced to the major players, such as Paul Bates, theories that have helped shape our current understanding of lifespan developmental theory and the relevant vocabulary associated with this topic. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify some of the most common theoretical approaches to development
  • Provide examples of physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development
  • Recognize the role of nature and nurture
  • Understand the contributions of key theorists, including Paul Bates
  • Understand the key concepts of Gottlieb's epigenetic psychobiological systems perspective

Video Objective
Overview of Life Span Developmental Psychology Recognize the influence of Paul Bates; define the main principles of lifespan developmental psychology.
What is Development? Define development, understand why it is important, and be able to discuss its complexity.
Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives Identify the theorists associated with, and define, each perspective.
Continuity and Discontinuity in Development Explain how continuity and discontinuity each relate to development.
Cognitive and Social and Emotional Development Define and give examples of emotional, social, and cognitive development.
Intro to Personality Understand personality, personality traits, and personality research
Physical Development Define and provide examples.
Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate Recognize how nature and nature each play a role in human growth and development.
Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning Apply the concepts of evolutionary theory to learning.
Gottlieb's Epigenetic Psychobiological Systems Perspective: Concepts & Definitions Understand the key concepts of this theory.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: Domains of Human Development
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Overview of Life Span Developmental Psychology

1. 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.

Paul Baltes and the Lifelong Development Theory of Psychology

2. Paul Baltes and the Lifelong Development Theory of Psychology

Do people stop growing when they reach adulthood? Psychologist Paul Baltes didn't think so. In this lesson, we'll look at Baltes' life span perspective of development, how it changed psychology, and its key components.

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.

Intro to Personality

7. Intro to Personality

You put two people in the same situation and, odds are, they'll react in a range of different ways. Some people might even react in a completely unexpected or extreme way. Why is this? Read this lesson for insight into personality types and what makes people tick the way they do.

What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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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