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Kelly Lunt Psychology 140 April 30, 2008 Growing up When a new born baby is brought into this world it is completely defenseless and relies solely on a caretaker. The baby continues to rapidly develop until about the age of three. At three, their rate of growth slows to a constant two to three inches per year until puberty. By the age of six the brain has grown to ninety percent of its weight. Although a child cannot fully take care of itself in today’s modern society at six or even sixteen, there is rapid development in the first years of life. In this paper the development of a boy, Bunny, will be studied. Bunny will be observed at twenty-two months and at four and a half years. By twenty-two months a typical child can walk up and down stairs with some help, grasp tools efficiently, start to become potty trained, and possess the ability of symbolic representation. At age four and a half locomotion is in full swing, they can easily manipulate tools, are fully potty trained, and are in the preoperational stage of life. We are observing Bunny through a home-made video by his mother. This is a longitudinal naturalistic observation technique. The advantage here is that we are observing Bunny in his natural environment which ensures that he is not acting different because he is in a non familiar environment and we are observing the same child at different ages. The disadvantage here is that it is difficult to establish causal relations. In the video where Bunny is 22 months old, he is sitting in a high chair eating with his mom who is out of view from the camera. She is paying full attention to Bunny watching to make sure he doesn’t need anything and trying to engage in conversation. We will focus on Bunny’s cognitive abilities first. Bunny never had his full attention on his mom focusing on his
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own little world instead. Bunny was displaying signs of egocentrism. Throughout the video his mom repeatedly tried to convince him to use the spoon to eat the cream cheese but he never seemed to fully grasp what she was trying to convey to him. For example, when the mom said “how about using the spoon” for the first time, he was looking in her direction but with a blank expression. He did not acknowledge what she said but said “Hmm yummy” as he was eating the cream cheese off his hand with a smile on his face. She replied “I know it’s yummy but it can be better if you use a spoon more like a big boy.” He continued to look down at his table uttering a few sounds out and she says again “more like a big boy.” He was still looking down but grabbed some more cream cheese with his hands and ate it. This is typical of a child this age. They cannot engage is dialogue but instead collective monologues. Bunny did not reply to his mom’s wish but
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