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AP Psychology - Module 9

AP Psychology - Module 9 - Term Definition Maturation...

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Term: Maturation Definition: Biological growth processes that enable orderly changes in behavior, relatively uninfluenced by experience. Ex, being able to understand covservation Term: Schema Definition: A mental representation of how the world works. A concept or framework that organizes and interprets information. Ex, how a human face looks Term: Assimilation Definition: Learning new information, and it fits right into your schema. Schema grows, but doesn't change. Interpreting one's new experience in terms of one's existing schemas. Ex, new faces seen by a baby add to scheme of a face Term: Accommodation Definition: Your schema changes to fit the new information learned. Adapting one's current understandings (schemas) to incorporate new information. Ex, when a child sees a cow and confuses a moose with it. Must add to schema of what a cow is, what a moose is
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Term: Cognition Definition: All the mental activities associated with thinking, knowing, remembering, and communicating. Ex, talking, memory, learning Term: Sensorimotor Stage Definition: In Piaget's theory, the stage (from birth to about 2 years of age) during which infants know the world mostly in terms of their sensory impressions and motor activities. Ex, infants explore the world through touch and sight. Stranger anxiety and object permanence Term: Object Permanence
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