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Chapter 1 text - Exploring Lifespan Development Chapter 1 Notes History Theory and Research Strategies Excludes Theories Human Development field of

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Exploring Lifespan Development Chapter 1 Notes: History, Theory, and Research Strategies Excludes Theories Human Development: field of study which focuses on understanding constancy and change over time. Theory: a hypothesis which describes, explains, and predicts behavior. Basic Issues Continuous Development: believe that children and adults perceive the world in the same way but that as we development our understanding become more complex. Discontinuous Development: belief that children and adults have different ways in which they understand and respond to their world. Development occurs in stages: qualitative changes in thinking, feeling, and behaving which characterize periods of development. Stages Theorists: believe that everyone follows the same process, yet we all have unique combinations of personal and environmental circumstances that result in varying paths of change (or contexts ) Nature: biological traits we are born with Nurture: environmental factors which influence our biological traits. Nature vs. Nurture:
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This note was uploaded on 05/20/2008 for the course PSYC 230 taught by Professor Goldfield during the Summer '08 term at Rhode Island College.

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