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Ch 18: Physical Development & Psychology

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Watch video lessons on physical development in psychology and learn about motor development, adult health and fitness, life expectancy and more. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Physical Development in Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Physical development describes the changes in physical size and motor skills that occur from birth to adulthood. The lessons in this chapter cover physical development from early childhood to middle adulthood. You'll also learn about health and fitness needs and ways to live a longer life. By the end of the chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Define growth spurt
  • Discuss rites of passage
  • Differentiate between life span and life expectancy
  • Describe brain development during early childhood
  • Describe changes in reaction time that occur in middle adulthood

Video Objective
Physical Development in Early Childhood Describe the brain development, physical growth and motor development that occur in early childhood.
Physical Development in Middle Childhood Describe the motor skill development and physical growth that occur in middle childhood.
Physical Growth in Adolescence Describe the physical growth that occurs during adolescence and explain how it differs between genders during this time.
Physical Development and Health in Early Adulthood Explain the changes that occur in stress levels, nutritional needs and lifestyle during early adulthood.
Physical Development in Middle Adulthood Describe the musculoskeletal, vision and hearing changes that occur in middle adulthood.
Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors Learn about the factors that can affect how long a person lives.

6 Lessons in Chapter 18: Physical Development & Psychology
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Physical Development in Early Childhood

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

Physical Development and Health in Early Adulthood

4. Physical Development and Health in Early Adulthood

Despite the fact that most people are fully grown by early adulthood, it is still a time of physical development. In this lesson, we'll explore the physical and health issues that people in early adulthood experience.

Physical Development in Middle Adulthood

5. Physical Development in Middle Adulthood

Middle age comes with many new physical challenges, from wrinkles to hearing loss to weight gain. This lesson examines many of the signs of aging that are common in middle adulthood and how people can fight middle age weight gain.

Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors

6. Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors

Everyone wants to live forever, but the truth is that we all have only a limited time to be alive. In this lesson, we'll look at life expectancy and life span, as well as factors that can influence how long a person lives.

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