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Ch 8: 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 activities of this chapter have been assembled to help you prepare for questions on the GACE Behavioral Science exam about human development that takes place during the prenatal stages of life and early childhood. Watch the lesson videos of this chapter to improve your understanding of this development, capabilities of newborns and the sensitive periods of development in early childhood. After these lessons you should be better prepared for questions on the exam about:

  • Germinal, embryonic and fetal stages of prenatal development
  • Capabilities of newborns and infant development
  • Sensitive periods of development in early childhood
  • Factors that affect social development
  • Cognitive development in infants

These lesson videos are taught by expert instructors who are available to answer any questions you may have about these subjects so that you can effectively master the material presented. Also take advantage of the versatility of these lessons by watching them on your mobile devices when you are away from your desk. Or, for an alternative review of the material, read over the lesson transcripts that present written overviews of the lessons.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: 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.

Social Development of Infants: Stages of Self and Temperament

6. Social Development of Infants: Stages of Self and Temperament

When do infants start gaining self-awareness? We will explore the stages infants go through as they increase their knowledge of themselves. We will also look into the typical temperaments of infants.

Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

7. 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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