3 The Attack of the Killer Tadpoles Study Tip: I hope I convinced you in the study tip for Lesson 2 that you should find a nice, quiet place in which to do your reading. But let’s continue that theme here. Reading, even when done in quiet surroundings, is not terribly active. I do a lot of reading and I sometimes find my mind wandering to other things. When I notice, I tend to go back and read it again with more focus. But I’m sure that sometimes I don’t notice. That may not be a big deal, but I would count the reading that needs to be done to prepare for an exam as a big deal. For “big deal” reading, I highly recommend that you add just a little bit of self-generated activity. Some of you haul out the highlighter. Okay, but that’s not much. A better activity would be to bring out some blank paper, outline the reading, then write a short synopsis of the main points that occur in each module. The valuable cognitive exercise here is the thinking that is required from you to decide what the critical points are. This little bit of extra time and effort can make all the difference when it comes time to remember certain concepts. Give it a try, maybe on your second pass through the reading. Key Terms and Concepts oSensitive period oDevelopmental trajectory oConversion oContinuous variable oModulation oCategorical variable oMorph oTransactional approach to development oFlexible/plastic phenotypes oGenetic determinism oAcclimation oEnvironmental determinism oDevelopmental strategies oHeritability oConditional strategies oPeer-review oMenarche Lesson 3 33
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