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Introduction to Psychology Human Development
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Developmental Psychology The focus of developmental psychology is on how humans develop and change over time Change can occur across the life span of the person Cradle to grave developmental psychology Assumes that change is inevitable Change can be continuous or discontinuous
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Core Developmental Issues Delineate the interacting forces of nature and nurture Maturation: Refers to biologically determined changes that follow an orderly sequence Determine the importance of early experiences The notion of “critical periods” Assess whether change is continuous or in qualitative stages
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Critical Periods Critical period concept suggests that the brain is set to acquire a function during a limited period of time. If key experiences do not occur during a critical time period, the function may not develop or may not be fully developed The case of Genie: a girl who was isolated until the age of 13. Although Genie made some gains in language, her syntax never approached normal levels. The case of Genie supports a critical period for language acquisition (yet some point to her gains later in life) Measles can cause mental retardation if contracted during certain fetal periods
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2010 for the course PSY PSY100H1 taught by Professor Urbszat during the Spring '09 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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