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Ch 7: GACE Behavioral Science: Prenatal & Infant Development

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Use this chapter to prepare for questions on the GACE Behavioral Science test about the stages of prenatal and infant development, as well as the sensitive periods of social and cognitive development.

GACE Behavioral Science: Prenatal & Infant Development - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter have been assembled to help you prepare for questions on the GACE Behavioral Science exam about the development that takes place during the prenatal stages and early childhood. Watch the lesson videos to make sure you can:

  • Outline the germinal, embryonic and fetal stages of prenatal development
  • Explain the capabilities, growth and developmental milestones of newborns
  • Examine infant development in psychology
  • Discuss the sensitive periods of development from birth to age six
  • Summarize infant perceptual development and the five senses
  • Define object permanence and list the sensorimotor periods of cognitive development

These lesson videos are taught by experienced instructors who are available to answer any questions you may have so that you can effectively master the material presented. Also, take advantage of the versatility of these lessons by watching them on your mobile device.

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: GACE Behavioral Science: Prenatal & Infant Development
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Prenatal Stages and Development: Germinal, Embryonic & Fetal Period

1. Prenatal Stages and Development: Germinal, Embryonic & Fetal Period

In the 9 months before a baby is born, there is an enormous amount of prenatal development. In this lesson, you will explore the following stages of prenatal development: the germinal period, the embryonic period, and the fetal period.

The Newborn: Capabilities, Growth, and Developmental Milestones

2. The Newborn: Capabilities, Growth, and Developmental Milestones

Newborn growth and development is an amazing process! In this lesson, you will discover how babies learn, when they acquire certain abilities, and what reflexes they are born with.

Studying Infant Development in Psychology: Experiments, Instincts & Abilities

3. Studying Infant Development in Psychology: Experiments, Instincts & Abilities

Watch babies brave heights at the insistence of their smiling mothers! You'll learn how instinct and attachment can help infants explore their environments through the visual cliff experiments.

The Sensitive Periods of Development: Birth to Age 6

4. The Sensitive Periods of Development: Birth to Age 6

The phrase 'sensitive periods in human development' may sound like it refers to moody teenagers, but it actually refers to periods of time when a child easily absorbs information in a specific way. The most important sensitive periods occur between birth and age six. Learn more in this lesson.

Infant Perceptual Development and the Five Senses

5. 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.

Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

6. Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

There is no time like infancy - it is the first exposure people have to the world. According to Jean Piaget, there are six stages infants go through as they develop cognitively and learn to act in their environment.

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