Ch 20: Human Lifespan Development

About This Chapter

You can watch the video lessons included in this chapter to learn important facts about human development across lifespans. Learn about different stages of development and changes that occur during these periods.

Human Lifespan Development - Chapter Summary

When studying topics in the field of psychology, it's a good idea to pay particular attention to the different stages of human development across a normal lifespan. For helpful lessons on these topics, you can watch the video lessons contained in this chapter.

Our lesson instructors will go over the psychological study of human development, as well as the specific elements of human cognition that develop during different points in an individual's life. You will also learn about some of the major scientific theories on human development and their applications to the field. Watch these lessons to learn about:

  • Lifespan developmental psychology
  • Growth, maturation and learning in development
  • Continuity and discontinuity in development
  • Physical development
  • Adolescent physical growth
  • Cognitive changes during adolescent development

The video tags included in each lesson will allow you to jump to specific points in the videos that correspond to the topic's main points. The chapter also offers you complete transcripts of the lessons for you to study at your own convenience. Once you feel that you have understood all of the chapter's main points, you can answer the questions in the practice quizzes and final exam to test your comprehension of the subject.

10 Lessons in Chapter 20: Human Lifespan Development
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What is Development? - Growth, Maturation & Learning

1. 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

2. 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 Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

3. 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.

Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance

4. Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance

The end of one's life can be a difficult time, for both the person dying and their loved ones. In this lesson, we'll explore some end-of-life issues that people face, including the five stages of grief and the controversy surrounding euthanasia.

The Family Life Cycle: Definition, Stages & Theory

5. The Family Life Cycle: Definition, Stages & Theory

What kind of phases does a family typically go through? In this lesson, we will examine the family life cycle, as well as learn about two measurements for family health: cohesion and adaptability.

Paul Baltes and the Lifelong Development Theory of Psychology

6. 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.

Human Growth and Development Theories

7. Human Growth and Development Theories

This lesson will give you an overview of the major human development theories. You will briefly examine their strengths and weaknesses and meet a few key figures from each theory.

Carl Rogers' Humanistic Theory and Psychotherapy

8. Carl Rogers' Humanistic Theory and Psychotherapy

Carl Rogers is often credited with being one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century with contributions that include client-centered therapy, self-actualization, and the theory of self.

Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory of Development: Definition & Examples

9. Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory of Development: Definition & Examples

Learn about Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory in this lesson and explore the five levels of the environment that can influence human development.

George Murdock's Sociology Theories on Family & Culture

10. George Murdock's Sociology Theories on Family & Culture

Study the life of George Peter Murdock, a major contributor to the field of anthropology in the middle years of the twentieth century. He laid the foundation for systematic cross-cultural research about human society and culture. Explore his life and his work and test yourself with a quiz.

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