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Ch 1: Theories on Human Growth & Development

About This Chapter

The short lessons within this chapter are designed to help you learn more about the theories regarding human growth and development. With the help of resources such as quizzes, transcripts, and videos, students can gain a comprehensive knowledge of the information in this chapter.

Theories on Human Growth & Development - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will learn about different theories that are used by psychologists on the topic of human growth and development. Topics covered include the differences between Erikson's and Freud's psychoanalytic theories. Operant and classical conditioning are contrasted, as well.

Other topics reviewed in this chapter include how evolutionary theory can apply to learning, Piaget's work with cognitive development and the epigenetic psycholobiological systems perspective. Following these lessons, you should:

  • Recall the difference between nature and nurture
  • Explain the characteristics behind Freud's psychoanalytic theory
  • Compare the differences between Freud's and Erikson's theories
  • Provide examples of classical and operant conditioning
  • Explore the factors of Bandura's, Piaget's and Bronfenbrenner's theories
  • Review the evolutionary theories that are used in learning
  • Identify the concepts behind Gottlieb's epigenetic psychobiological systems perspective

As long as you have a reliable internet connection, you can access the resources contained within this chapter wherever you are. Our video lessons, written transcripts and lesson quizzes are all mobile friendly and user friendly. You will have the flexibility to study on your home computer or your mobile device. Having this convenience will make your studying experience flexible to your schedule.

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Theories on Human Growth & Development
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Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

1. Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

Are boys better in math and science courses than girls? Are girls better at activities like dance? Gender stereotypes are abundant in society. Are these stereotypes based on real differences or perpetuated opinions? This lesson focuses on gender differences and the influence of nature versus nurture.

Human Growth and Development Theories

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

4. Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

How do we form identities as we age and grow? To answer this question, Erik Erikson came up with eight stages of identity formation that revolve around conflict and resolution. Who are you, and who will you become after completing this lesson?

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

5. 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

6. 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.

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.

Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

8. 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.

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.

Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

10. Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

In this lesson you will learn about evolutionary theory's application to instinctual learning and human development through natural selection. There is a quiz to test your knowledge at the end.

Gottlieb's Epigenetic Psychobiological Systems Perspective: Concepts & Definitions

11. Gottlieb's Epigenetic Psychobiological Systems Perspective: Concepts & Definitions

Learn about the epigenetic psychobiological systems perspective and Gilbert Gottlieb's theory of probabilistic epigenesis. This theory will help you understand how development is dependent not only on your genes, but also neural activity, behavior and the environment.

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