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Ch 15: GRE Psychology: Lifespan Development

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Study this chapter to make sure you have a solid understanding of lifespan development. Video lessons effectively cover a wide array of lifespan development issues that you may encounter on your GRE Psychology test day.

GRE Psychology: Lifespan Development - Chapter Summary

The video lessons will help you master the many aspects of lifespan development so that you're ready for related GRE Psychology questions. Lessons in this chapter cover:

  • What development is
  • Baltes' theory of development
  • The continuity and discontinuity perspectives
  • Cognitive, social and emotional development
  • The definition for physical development
  • Major socialization agents
  • Causes and types of genetic disorders
  • The nurture vs. nature debate
  • The influence of genes on intelligence
  • How genes affect personality
  • The link between genes and psychological disorders
  • Lifespan development disorders

Watch the short videos across the chapter on a computer or mobile device. You can follow each of the videos with a practice quiz to assess your grasp of the material.

GRE Psychology: Lifespan Development Chapter Objectives

The GRE Psychology exam is used to gauge your readiness for graduate studies in psychology. Most editions of this exam ask approximately 205 multiple-choice questions overall. Lifespan development issues are targeted by between 12 and 14% of the test's items.

13 Lessons in Chapter 15: GRE Psychology: Lifespan 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.

Continuity and Discontinuity in Development

4. 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?

5. 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.

What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

6. 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

7. 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.

Lifespan Development Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

8. Lifespan Development Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

Everyone grows and changes throughout their life, but why do some people have developmental problems? In this lesson, we'll look at common lifespan development disorders and major theories about how people develop them.

Genetic Abnormalities in Human Growth and Development

9. Genetic Abnormalities in Human Growth and Development

What are mutations and other chromosome abnormalities? How can these abnormalities affect human development? What are some common genetic disorders and their causes? Learn the answers to these questions in this lesson.

How Genetics and the Environment Interact in Human Development

10. How Genetics and the Environment Interact in Human Development

Everyone is different. But what makes a person unique? In this lesson, we'll examine the way genes and the environment affect who a person is, including looking at the nature vs. nurture debate and looking at how nature and nurture influence one another.

Is Intelligence Genetic? - Genes' Influence on Intellectual Abilities

11. Is Intelligence Genetic? - Genes' Influence on Intellectual Abilities

What is the role of heritability in determining our intellectual abilities? Is intelligence genetic? Explore what part our genes play and find answers to these questions in the following lesson.

Is Personality Genetic? - DNA's Influence on Temperament

12. Is Personality Genetic? - DNA's Influence on Temperament

How do genetics impact a person's temperament and personality? This lesson will introduce the world of behavioral genetics and help you understand the role our genes play in determining who we are and how we act.

Genetic Influence on Psychological Disorders

13. Genetic Influence on Psychological Disorders

Do genetics play a role in psychological disorders such as schizophrenia? What do we know about any genetic links? Does environment matter? Find the answers to these questions and more in this video lesson.

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