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Ch 3: Help & Review for Life Span Developmental Psychology Foundations

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The Theoretical Foundations chapter of this Lifespan Developmental Psychology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the major theories of human development. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essential theoretical foundations of lifespan development.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help understanding life span developmental material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding the ideas of Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget or other leading theorists.
  • Need an efficient way to learn about the theoretical foundations of lifespan development.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra psychology learning resources at school.

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Theoretical Foundations of Lifespan Development chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Theoretical Foundations of Lifespan Development chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • How do Jean Piaget's and Lev Vygotsky's address cognitive development in humans?
  • What are the guiding principles behind attachment theory?
  • What conflicts are found in Erik Erikson's eight stages of psychosocial development?
  • How do Sigmund Freud's theories help us understand human development, motivation and personality?
  • How do classical and operant conditioning differ?
  • What are the guiding principles behind Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs?

21 Lessons in Chapter 3: Help & Review for Life Span Developmental Psychology Foundations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Freud and Erikson's Approaches to Psychoanalytic Theory: Differences & Analysis

7. Freud and Erikson's Approaches to Psychoanalytic Theory: Differences & Analysis

Differentiate between Freud's and Erikson's approaches to psychoanalytic theory in this lesson. You will examine and compare developmental stages side by side and have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.

Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

8. Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

This lesson will compare classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Examples are provided and key terms associated with each type of learning are defined.

Classical Conditioning in Psychology: Definition, Principles & Examples

9. Classical Conditioning in Psychology: Definition, Principles & Examples

Can you be conditioned to associate something new with something else you naturally respond to? In this lesson, we'll take a look at a famous psychological experiment that tested how brains have the ability to automatically react to new stimuli if it's conditioned correctly.

Psychologist John Watson & the Little Albert Experiment

10. Psychologist John Watson & the Little Albert Experiment

Does classical conditioning work on humans? In this lesson, you'll explore this question as poor Little Albert is taught to fear a rat. You'll also see how classical conditioning can be used in advertising.

Operant Conditioning in Psychology: Definition, Theory & Examples

11. Operant Conditioning in Psychology: Definition, Theory & Examples

How do we adapt our behaviors to our advantage? Can we learn from punishment and reward? With operant conditioning, our behaviors are shaped based off the responses we get from them.

Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

12. 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.

Social-Cognitive Learning Theory: Definition and Examples

13. 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.

Human Growth and Development Theories

14. 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.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

15. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

Why is it that when some of our needs aren't met, it's almost impossible to concentrate on other ones? Psychologist Abraham Maslow spent his career looking for these answers. Watch this lesson to learn about some of his most important conclusions.

Carl Rogers' Humanistic Theory and Psychotherapy

16. 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

17. 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.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

18. 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.

Theories of Adult Development: Levinson, Vaillant & Neugarten

19. Theories of Adult Development: Levinson, Vaillant & Neugarten

Understanding adult development is an important step in the process of understanding how societies function. This lesson will focus on three theories of adult development proposed by Daniel Levinson, George Vaillant, and Bernice Neugarten.

Talcott Parsons: Theories & Contributions to Sociology

20. Talcott Parsons: Theories & Contributions to Sociology

Talcott Parsons was a sociologist who aligned himself with the structural functional perspective. Learn about his contributions to the field, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

George Murdock's Sociology Theories on Family & Culture

21. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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