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Week 4 - Developmental Psychology I Prenatal Development...

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Developmental Psychology I: Prenatal Development, Infancy & Childhood Topic 5 Assoc. Prof. Jan Piek Psychology 123
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The Developing Person Developmental Psychology A branch of psychology that studies physical,  cognitive and social change throughout the life  span.
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Life Span Development PRENATAL – conception to birth INFANCY – birth to 2 years EARLY CHILDHOOD – 2 to 6 years MIDDLE CHILDHOOD – 6 to 12 years ADOLESCENCE – 12 to 18 years EARLY ADULTHOOD – 18 to 35 years MIDDLE ADULTHOOD – 35 to 65 years LATER ADULTHOOD – 65 to death
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Developmental Issues 1. Nature vs. Nurture Nativism vs. Cultural Relativism Genetics vs. Social Controls Maturation vs. Learning Innate Traits vs. Acquired Characteristics 2. Continuity vs. Stages 3. Stability vs. Change
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Prenatal Development Zygote (germinal period) The fertilized egg Enters a 2 week period of rapid cell division Develops into an embryo Embryo (embryonic period) The developing human organism from 2 weeks  through 2nd month
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Foetus (foetal period) The developing human organism from 9 weeks  after conception to birth Teratogens Agents, such as chemicals and viruses, that  can reach the embryo or foetus during prenatal  development and cause harm
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Teratogens Alcohol – foetal alcohol syndrome
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