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Ch 16: GRE Psychology: Theoretical Foundations of Lifespan Development

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Review the important theories that form the backbone of our psychological understanding of lifespan development. Video lessons and quizzes incorporate all of the theoretical foundations that you could encounter on the GRE Psychology exam.

GRE Psychology:Theoretical Foundations of Lifespan Development - Chapter Summary

Master the theoretical foundations of lifespan development in psychology that could be asked about on the GRE Psychology exam by using the engaging and effective lessons in this chapter. These short video lessons cover all the important theories, research evidence in support of them, and how they are applied in a way that makes learning fun. Lessons in this chapter cover:

  • Piaget's theory of cognitive development
  • Bruner's theory of development
  • Case's neo-piagetian perspective
  • Attachment theory
  • Erikson's theory of development through the lifespan
  • Freud's psychoanalytic theories

The lessons in this chapter review each of these theories and the contributions of each to the understanding of lifespan development. It also includes practice questions and quizzes to test your comprehension of the topics. Each component is broken down into easy-to-digest video lessons to make sure you understand the critical aspects of each theory of development.

GRE Psychology: Theoretical Foundations of Lifespan Development Chapter Objectives

The GRE Psychology exam is an advanced assessment exam used to determine your readiness for graduate level study in psychology. It includes 205 multiple-choice questions covering all aspects and fields within psychology. Lifespan development questions make up 12-14% of the test items. Our lessons on theoretical foundations of lifespan development cover all of the topics you'll be tested on in the actual GRE Psychology exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 16: GRE Psychology: Theoretical Foundations of Lifespan Development
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Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

1. Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development focuses on how learners interact with their environment to develop complex reasoning and knowledge. This lesson will focus on the six basic assumptions of that theory, including the key terms: assimilation, accommodation and equilibration.

Jerome Bruner's Theory of Development: Discovery Learning & Representation

2. Jerome Bruner's Theory of Development: Discovery Learning & Representation

This lesson explores Jerome Bruner's theory of development, his three modes of representation, and his beliefs on learning, language, and discovery. It will also differentiate Bruner's views of learning compared to Jean Piaget's views.

Robbie Case's Theory of Development: Neo-Piagetian Perspective

3. Robbie Case's Theory of Development: Neo-Piagetian Perspective

The Neo-Piagetian perspective stemmed from criticism of Jean Piaget's Cognitive Development theory. This lesson will discuss the Neo-Piagetian perspective and Robbie Case's Theory of Development.

Attachment Theory: Definition & Criticism of Bowlby & Ainsworth's Theories

4. Attachment Theory: Definition & Criticism of Bowlby & Ainsworth's Theories

Relationships are built between two people. These meaningful bonds are critical for human development, and the most important type of relationship is that between child and parent or caregiver. This lesson will discuss attachment theory and the role of attachment on human growth and development.

Erik Erikson's Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development: Conflicts & Growth

5. Erik Erikson's Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development: Conflicts & Growth

Erikson identified eight stages of psychosocial development, with each stage presenting a conflict that must be overcome. This lesson will discuss the conflict and growth associated with each stage of development.

Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory on Instincts, Motivation, Personality & Development

6. Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory on Instincts, Motivation, Personality & Development

Learn how Sigmund Freud's theories helped shape our modern understanding of human motivation and personality development. Review key terms and take a quiz at the end of the lesson to test your knowledge.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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