Psy 101 Feb 5 Infant & Child Development

Psy 101 Feb 5 Infant & Child Development - INFANT CHILD...

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2/5/08 Developmental Psychology The branch of psychology that studies physical, cognitive and social change throughout the life span. Neonatal Period (newly born) : Birth to fourth week of life Zygote - conception to 2 weeks Embryo - 2 to 8 weeks Fetus - 9 week to birth Infancy : End of fourth week to one year Childhood : One year to puberty Adolescence : Puberty to adulthood Adulthood : Adolescence to old age Senescence : Old age to death Physical Development Younger animals have: Larger head to body ratios Larger eye to head ratios More rounded features Sensory Development Visual cliff- depth perception increases as the child gets older Cognitive Development Cognition : all the mental activities associated with thinking, knowing, remembering, and communicating Schema: a concept or framework that organizes and interprets information Assimilation: interpreting one’s new experience in terms of one’s existing schemas Accommodation: adapting one’s current understandings (schemas) to incorporate new information Adaptation: Assimilation and Accommodation working to change Cognition Jean Piaget stages of cognitive development Sensorimotor Period Birth - 2 years
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Psy 101 Feb 5 Infant & Child Development - INFANT CHILD...

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