Ch 6: Human Behavior & Development

About This Chapter

Use the following video lessons and quizzes to explore human behavior and development. Learn about different perspectives on human development and receive an introduction to biological psychology.

Human Behavior & Development - Chapter Summary

This online chapter on human behavior and development covers important aspects of personality and biological psychology. Our series of brief video lessons covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to personality
  • Developmental, behavioral, cognitive, constructivist and social cognitive perspectives on human development
  • The importance of motivation in an educational environment
  • Differences between Piaget and Vygotsky's cognitive development theories
  • Introduction to biological psychology
  • How emotion influences attitudes and persuasion
  • Personality disorders
  • The definition and perspectives of cognitive disorders

Through this chapter, which was crafted by a team of experienced professional educators, you'll learn about human behavior and development in an engaging, easy-to-follow manner. You can watch each video lesson in just a few minutes' time and then return to the main points as necessary through our convenient video tags.

If you retain information better by reading it than by watching a video, you'll benefit from the transcripts that accompany each lesson. Many of these write-ups feature hyperlinks to some of our other articles, allowing you to further research key words and concepts, if you desire.

Whether you watch the videos, read the transcripts or do both, you can wrap up each lesson by taking a short, multiple-choice quiz. These quizzes can show you how well you understood the topic presented while also helping you work on your test-taking skills.

19 Lessons in Chapter 6: Human Behavior & Development
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Intro to Personality

1. Intro to Personality

You put two people in the same situation and, odds are, they'll react in a range of different ways. Some people might even react in a completely unexpected or extreme way. Why is this? Read this lesson for insight into personality types and what makes people tick the way they do.

Developmental Psychology: Definition, Theorists & Types of Growth

2. Developmental Psychology: Definition, Theorists & Types of Growth

Why do we study psychological development? People change over their lifetimes, and developmental psychology helps us explore what changes and what stays the same. Learn about some of the big names in this field whose work and theories you'll explore in other lessons

Emotions in Psychology: Definition, Biological Components & Survival

3. Emotions in Psychology: Definition, Biological Components & Survival

When railroad worker Phineas Gage's brain was injured in 1848, his emotions completely changed. Find out what parts of the brain affect your emotional intelligence and what made Phineas go from happy-go-lucky guy to crabby curmudgeon.

Studying Intelligence: History, Psychologists & Theories

4. Studying Intelligence: History, Psychologists & Theories

We all want to be smart in one way or another, but what exactly is general intelligence? This lesson takes a look at the possible factors behind intellectual development and how this controversial topic has been examined by psychologists.

Child and Adolescent Development: Developmental Milestones & Nature vs. Nurture

5. Child and Adolescent Development: Developmental Milestones & Nature vs. Nurture

How does a child develop cognitively? Which influences development more - genetics or the environment? How important are early experiences in the growth and cognitive development of a child? These are some of the major questions that guide the work of researchers in the field of educational psychology. This lesson will begin to address these questions by describing the basic principles that characterize child and adolescent development.

Social-Cognitive Learning Theory: Definition and Examples

6. Social-Cognitive Learning Theory: Definition and Examples

Have you learned behaviors or skills from observing others? Maybe you have learned from observing a teacher, friend, or supervisor. We acquire new knowledge and skills from a variety of methods. This lesson will introduce the concepts of the social-cognitive theory, which focuses on the learning that occurs within a social context.

Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

7. Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

A person's cognition, environment and behavior play important roles in learning new knowledge and skills. This lesson will focus on Albert Bandura's contributions to social learning and vicarious experiences.

Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

8. Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

How do you stay motivated? What motivates your peers and coworkers? Are rewards motivating factors or do people have an internal drive to persist until a given activity is completed? This lesson will describe a theory that encompasses both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators: the self-determination theory.

Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

9. 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.

Jean Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

10. Jean Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget developed a theory of cognitive development that described and explained the changes in logical thinking of children and adolescents. Within that theory, he identified four stages of cognitive development through which all learners must proceed. This lesson will introduce you to and differentiate between those stages.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

11. Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

The role of culture and social interactions are imperative to cognitive development, according to psychologist, Lev Vygotsky. This lesson will discuss how social interactions play a role in cognitive development of children, provide an overview of Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory and describe the stages of speech and language development.

What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies

12. What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies

We all learn new things every day, but how is 'learning' defined in educational psychology? This lesson covers the definition of learning, different types of learning, and discusses learning styles.

Linguistics: Language Development in Children

13. Linguistics: Language Development in Children

How does a baby's babble turn into intelligible speech? Are there underlining innate traits that drive language development in children? Or is it the social interaction with others that encourages language development? This lesson will explore these questions and discuss how aspects of language change over time.

The Importance of Motivation in an Educational Environment

14. The Importance of Motivation in an Educational Environment

In this lesson, you'll see how motivation affects learning. Discover the behaviors and perspectives that relate to motivation in an educational environment.

Intro to Biological Psychology

15. Intro to Biological Psychology

What are the biological factors that affect our behavior? In this lesson, you'll take a look at biological psychology, which looks at the interplay between biological processes and mental states.

How Emotion Influences Attitudes and Persuasion

16. How Emotion Influences Attitudes and Persuasion

Emotions can be used to induce attitude change in a number of ways. In this lesson, we discuss how they can be used within persuasive communication to illicit both short-term and long-term attitude change.

Psychological Disorders: Definition, Examples & Approaches to Treatment

17. Psychological Disorders: Definition, Examples & Approaches to Treatment

How are psychological disorders related to perception and learning? What type of psychologist helps treat these disorders? From imaginary voices to an intense fear of birds, this video will introduce you to the nature of disorders.

Personality Disorders: Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Schizoid & Antisocial

18. Personality Disorders: Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Schizoid & Antisocial

Will the Personality Disorder Crime Force make it out of the office today? In this lesson, you'll learn about each superhero's personality disorder as a late delivery of donuts sets off some of their common behaviors.

What Are Cognitive Disorders? - Definition and Perspectives

19. What Are Cognitive Disorders? - Definition and Perspectives

The human ability to think is what sets us apart from the other animals. But what happens when memories or the ability to learn disappears? In this lesson we'll look at three common types of cognitive disorders: dementia, delirium, and amnestic disorders.

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