History - Outline Definition Science of Human Development...

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1 Outline Definition and preliminaries History of Developmental Psychology Research Methods Theoretical Frameworks Themes / Issues Science of Human Development How and why people change and remain the same over time. Is a science Studies change over time Why do we study development? Childhood, culture and technology Insight to adult behavior It’s complicated! Childhood, Culture and Technology Childhood Immaturity Dependence Species comparison Is our childhood longer or shorter than other species? Childhood, Culture and Technology Across species, the length of childhood is Positively correlated with complexity of culture Positively correlated with variety of environments Negatively correlated with proportion of simple or reflex behaviors Humans have long childhood which enables us to create and pass on culture and technology Insight to adult behavior All areas of Psychology strive to define, predict and explain human behavior How behavior develops give insight to the mature form Can’t explain adult behavior without an understanding of how it developed
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2 It’s complicated! There is a lot that we don’t know about development Children do a myriad of weird and wonderful things Behaviors appear, disappear, reappear Some preliminaries Childhood is a journey, not a race Keep the whole child in mind Not just a ‘test score’ Cognitive, emotional and physical domains are not separate We will study norms but there is no ‘normal child’ Periods of Development
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