13-Development

13-Development - Nature, Nurture, & Human Development...

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1 Nature, Nurture, Chapter 5 (Part 1) Human Development l Developmental Psychology studies the development of behavior (and behavioral capacities) across the lifespan, from conception to death. l Developmental psychologists have made much progress by devising increasingly careful and sensitive ways to measure behavioral abilities. Is Behavior Caused By Nature or Nurture? l Rather than “either / or,” psychologists talk about heritability. n Feedback loops between biology and environment produce multiplier effects . l Comparisons of groups with known proportions of DNA in common allow us to estimate the heritability of specific traits.
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Prenatal Development l Development begins at conception! l If mother’s nutrition and prenatal care are deficient, baby will also be deprived. l Nearly everything that mother consumes reaches the baby. If mother drinks, uses drugs, or smokes, baby will receive these substances. n Fetal Alcohol Syndrome n Conduct Disorder Behavioral Capacities of the Newborn - Vision Behavioral Capacities of the Newborn - Hearing l Infants have some control over the rate at which they suck on a nipple. l
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2008 for the course PSY 200 taught by Professor Craig during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.

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