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Ch 13: Early Adulthood Physical and Cognitive Development

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Examine these lessons to gain a deeper understanding about the theories and concepts of physical and cognitive development in early adulthood. Prepare for an upcoming exam, increase your grades, or just get ready for discussions about early adulthood.

Early Adulthood Physical and Cognitive Development - Chapter Summary

The physical changes of our bodies and the cognitive developments of our minds differ during every stage of our lives. These lessons focus on the physical and cognitive development that occurs during the period of early adulthood.

All of our chapters have been designed to help you learn or re-learn this information. Our instructors focus on major vocabulary words, definitions, key concepts, and applicable examples. Instead of overloading you with too much information, though, our instructors divide up the chapters into small, manageable lessons. It usually takes less than 10 minutes to get through a single lesson, because they examine only one major topic each. After you master the information in one lesson, move on to the next in the series, or use the chapter menu to pick specific lessons that you need to review.

This chapter helps you with the following:

  • Examining health and physical development in early adulthood
  • Exploring early adulthood and reproduction
  • Discussing cognitive development and post-formal thought
  • Detailing Levinson's theory about the stages of adult development
  • Reviewing stages of identity formation according to Erikson
  • Learning about the impact of life events on cognitive development

6 Lessons in Chapter 13: Early Adulthood Physical and Cognitive Development
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Physical Development and Health in Early Adulthood

1. Physical Development and Health in Early Adulthood

Despite the fact that most people are fully grown by early adulthood, it is still a time of physical development. In this lesson, we'll explore the physical and health issues that people in early adulthood experience.

Reproduction in Early Adulthood

2. Reproduction in Early Adulthood

In their twenties and thirties, many people have children. However, it doesn't always go smoothly. In this lesson, we will explore sex and reproduction in early adulthood, including changes in sex drives and reproductive issues, like infertility.

Postformal Thought in Cognitive Development

3. Postformal Thought in Cognitive Development

How do people continue to develop in adulthood? Watch this lesson to discover how adults develop cognitively, including how they become postformal thinkers, and what relativistic thinking and dialectical reasoning involve.

Levinson's Stages of Adult Development Theory

4. Levinson's Stages of Adult Development Theory

There has been a lot of talk about the development of children. But, do people continue to develop into their adult years? Psychologist Daniel Levinson thought so. In this lesson, we will look into his seven stages of adult development.

Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

5. Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

How do we form identities as we age and grow? To answer this question, Erik Erikson came up with eight stages of identity formation that revolve around conflict and resolution. Who are you, and who will you become after completing this lesson?

Life Influences on Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood

6. Life Influences on Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood

Though adults don't physically grow as they age, they do still grow mentally. In this lesson, we'll look closer at cognitive development in adulthood, including how it is influenced by college and work experiences.

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