Gen Lecture Guide Ch 8 Development F15 (1)

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Lecture Guide Chapter 8: Human Development Gen Psych F15 Based in part on the text: Experience Psychology by Laura King (2013) Human Development = Typical changes seen over time ( charactersistics and abilities Mostly about growth – but declines also expected Developmental Psychology = Study of human development Early interest babies and childhood Now focus is lifespan Why is Development Hard to Study? Moving Target – harder to measure something that changes than something that is stable Multi-faceted – and different parts can grow/change at different rates! Multi-determined – many things impact development, and the older we get the more true this is! Special Study Techniques: Cross sectional: -study multiple groups (ages) at same time - identifies group differences - quicker, cheaper - cohort effects? (differences based on how they are raised and era – not age) doesn’t focus on individual Longitudinal: - Study one group multiple times - Identify individual and group growth patterns ( do rand orders stay the same) - Takes more time and money - Attrition? (drop outs) (could be based) Nature or Nurture? Nature – impact of inherited ( genetic) differences ( what happens regardless of environment) Nurture - impact of social/environmental experiences (not based on genes) - Most things involve both but relative contribution can vary Continuous or Discontinuous?
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