5-part1-development - Developmental psychology studies the...

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Sheet1 Page 1 Developmental psychology studies the development of behavior across a person's lifespan from conception, to death. Developmental psychology's main problem was accurately assessing development of a human being. However, developmental psychologists have made much progress by devising increasingly careful and sensitive ways to measure behavioral abilities. The main argument in developmental psychology is nature versus nurture. Rather than deciding whether development is caused by one or the other most psychologists have decided that it is a contribution from both. One part of this contribution is heritability. A trait that is passed down from generation to generation. A multiplier effect is when something from the environment combined with a heritable trait can have an increased chance of a certain outcome within the person. Prenatal Development. Development begins at conception. Nutrition supplied to the mother has a direct link to the nutrients found in the baby. Nearly everything that is consumed will reach the baby. Two things that happen because of this.
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course PSY 200 taught by Professor Craig during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.

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