psych_ch9notes - CH. 9-LIFE SPAN DEVELOPMENT I STUDYING...

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CH. 9—L IFE  S PAN  D EVELOPMENT  I S TUDYING  D EVELOPMENT THREE THEORETICAL ISSUES  (p. 317): 1) Nature versus Nurture     a. Early philosophers thought we were born as a   tabula rasa   or  “blank slate” to be written upon by the environment.  b. Maturation   is the term the nature side uses to describe how  development is guided by automatic, genetically predetermined  signals. i. Critical period  – period of special sensitivity to specific  types   of   learning   that   shapes   the   capacity   for   future  development 2) Continuity versus Stages     a. Continuity   theorists   believe   development   is   continuous,   with  new abilities, skills, and knowledge gradually added at a uniform  pace.  b. Stage theorists believe development occurs at different rates,  with periods of little change alternating with periods of abrupt  change. 3) Stability versus Change     a. Stability   theorists   believe   development   in   childhood   predicts  adult personality, 
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b. Change theorists believe there is generally significant change  from childhood to adulthood.  P HYSICAL  D EVELOPMENT THREE STAGES OF PREGNANCY  (323) 1. Germinal period      – first stage of prenatal development, which begins with  conception and ends with implantation in the uterus (the first two weeks) 2. Embryonic period      – second stage of prenatal development, which begins  after uterine implantation and lasts through the eighth week. 3. Fetal period      – third, and final, stage of prenatal development (eight weeks  to birth), which is characterized by rapid weight gain in the fetus and the  fine detailing of bodily organs and systems. HAZARDS TO PRENATAL DEVELOPMENT
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2010 for the course PSYC 103 taught by Professor Frangicetto during the Spring '10 term at Northampton Community College.

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