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1Psychology Research Paper: Developmental PsychologyMary Kate MillerCOM/600October 22, 2018Dr. Nazon
2Developmental PsychologyDevelopmental psychology “studies the changes we experience throughout life beginningat conception” (Goodwin, 2015).These changes include the emotional, physical, social,intellectual and psychological growth that occurs during the aging process (AmericanPsychological Association, 2018).This field of psychology has roots in many older theories, buthas only become a popular within the last 50 years.Our culture can benefit from the study ofdevelopment in many areas including education, geriatric care, cognitive function and disability,as well as how culture affects individual growth. Through the study of many contributingpsychologists, Developmental psychology has become an important part of understanding thehuman mind as it relates to our environment and our advancement.What is Developmental Psychology?Many factors intertwine to determine how we develop.Environmental factors like wherewe are born, the personalities that surround us, and our culture and heritage all play vital roles inhuman development.Developmental psychology also considers the biological aspect of growthand accounts for genetic anomalies, cognitive function, and gender.Physical development is anessential piece of the puzzle, with Piaget’s stages of development incorporating biology into thescience of developmental psychology.These stages include infancy, childhood, adolescence andadulthood (Goodwin, 2015).Various milestones are met during these stages, all of which touchupon the ongoing development of a human being as a whole.Contributing PsychologistsDarwin first approached the idea of development as an important aspect of humanevolution inThe Origin of Species(1859).As evolutionary psychology advanced there was areluctance to incorporate development, but this perspective has weakened in the last decades and
3evolutionary developmental psychology now “adopt[s] adevelopmental systems approachwhichstates that genes and the environment interact at all levels of organization, from one’s genesthrough society (Machluf, Liddle & Bjorklund, 2014).

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