Ch 17: GRE Psychology: Areas of Lifespan Development

About This Chapter

Review the areas of lifespan development as you study for the GRE Psychology exam. The video lessons and quizzes cover all of the stages and aspects of development in a simple and clear manner.

GRE Psychology: Areas of Lifespan Development - Chapter Summary

Master all of the elements of lifespan development with the engaging and effective lessons in this chapter that were put together to help you study for the GRE Psychology test. These short video lessons cover aspects of growth and development ranging from infancy through old age in a way that makes learning about them fun. Lessons in this chapter cover:

  • The newborn and development from birth to age 5
  • Infant perceptual, social and cognitive development
  • Physical, cognitive and social development in children and adolescents
  • Physical, psychological and emotional changes in adulthood
  • Adult social and cognitive development
  • Gender differences in social development
  • Aging and sensory perception
  • Cognitive development in old age
  • Life expectancy and lifespan

The lessons in this chapter include practice questions and quizzes that can test your comprehension of these development topics. The easy-to-digest video lessons make sure you understand all the varying dimensions of lifespan development.

GRE Psychology: Areas of Lifespan Development Chapter Objectives

The GRE Psychology exam is an upper-level assessment exam used to determine your readiness for graduate study in psychology. It consists of 205 multiple-choice questions covering all areas and domains of psychology. Lifespan development questions comprise 12-14% of the total questions. Our lessons on areas of lifespan development cover all the topics you'll be tested on in the actual GRE Psychology exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 17: GRE Psychology: Areas of Lifespan Development
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The Newborn: Capabilities, Growth, and Developmental Milestones

1. 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.

The Sensitive Periods of Development: Birth to Age 6

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

6. Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

If you were to observe children growing into their teenage years, you would notice their thinking and understanding develops over time. In this lesson, you will learn about the specific stages of mental growth in children and adolescents as outlined by Jean Piaget.

Social Development of Children: Self-Esteem

7. Social Development of Children: Self-Esteem

The social development of children has a strong influence on self-esteem. In this lesson, we will explore the way children feel about themselves and look into several ways caretakers can improve a child's self-esteem.

Physical Development in Early Childhood

8. Physical Development in Early Childhood

Between the ages of two and seven, children grow and develop dramatically. Watch this lesson to look at some of the physical developments in early childhood, including balance, fine motor coordination and brain development.

Physical Development in Middle Childhood

9. Physical Development in Middle Childhood

Between the ages of seven and twelve, children physically grow and change in ways that influence every part of their lives. In this lesson, we'll look at the ways that physical and brain development impact emotional and intellectual abilities.

Physical Growth in Adolescence

10. Physical Growth in Adolescence

Adolescents go through many physical changes. Watch this lesson to find out some of the physical developments that happen during adolescence, including those related to puberty, growth spurts and gender differences in growth.

Social Development of Adolescents: Identity

11. Social Development of Adolescents: Identity

Adolescents often go through a process of discovering what they believe and who they are. In this lesson, we will examine how a teenager develops his or her self concept and identity. We will also take a look at common factors that influence a teen's identity.

Physical, Psychological and Emotional Changes in Adults

12. Physical, Psychological and Emotional Changes in Adults

As an adult you establish a unique identity, reach the proverbial midlife crisis, and eventually succumb to old age. In this lesson, learn about the physical, psychological, and emotional changes that take place along this journey.

Social Development of Adults: Self Concept

13. Social Development of Adults: Self Concept

How would an adult think about his or her self-concept? In this lesson, we'll take a look at what makes up self-concept in adulthood, its changes over time, and how it relates to self-esteem and self-image.

Understanding the Impact of Gender Differences in Social Development

14. Understanding the Impact of Gender Differences in Social Development

How does one's gender impact behavior and interactions with others? Research has shown that men and women interact differently in social settings and society has ideas for what is appropriate male and female behavior.

Aging and Sensory Perception: Changes in Sensory Thresholds

15. Aging and Sensory Perception: Changes in Sensory Thresholds

What are sensory thresholds? How does sensory perception change with age? This lesson will answer these questions and teach you even more about sensory changes in late adulthood.

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