Exam 1 class notes summarized f10

Exam 1 class notes summarized f10 - PSY 361 9/7/10 Change...

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PSY 361 9/7/10 Change (Summarized) Build a vessel (of this material/course) o It should talk 2 weeks to build then we’ll spend the rest of class filling it Built in bias o That 0-16 years is more “important” than 16-death There’s no such thing as “no change” Definitions o Development : the unfolding of the human potential in each person’s unique environment Genetic plan: non-random, systematic , sequential o Aging : Aging can be before we’re conceive: but commonly viewed as from the point of conception Development and aging are both positive and negative Aging is an umbrella: includes both systematic and non-systematic, random and non- random, positive and negative o Growth : Physical, structural; growing larger Growth can be positive and negative Growth spurt Biologically developing but also maturing o Maturation : The biological unfolding of the human potential Biologically mature is not equal to (aka: not the same as) cognitively mature o Senescence : Negative changes that occur during the latter part of the life course: usually biologically and physiology Domains of Change: physical cognitive behavioral o Physical : bodily changes o Cognitive : learning stuff o Behavioral : social actions and reactions Time o The passage of time does not cause change o Biological Clock issue Ages 18-35 is the window for conceiving children (with a lesser chance of complications) o As soon as one puts time as a causal factor, one become helpless As an objective, we want to affect change not be helpless to it Developmental Psychologist o Mission is 5-fold (1) describe, observe (2) predict from the observations (3) explain why/the reason for the prediction (4) Control human behavior (5) Maximize the Human Potential The ultimate goal of the developmental psychologist Description o Quantitative change
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Slow, gradual change over time Continuous change o Qualitative change Stage-like Discontinuous PSY 361 9/9/10 What Does Cause Change? (Summarized) Normative and non-normative o Just because you are non-normative does not mean you’re abnormal o Abnormalities are due to genes and environment What causes ALL change? o The dynamic interaction between 1) genes and 2) environment EVERYTHING YOU DO HAS GENES AND ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCE Probabilistically: o The likelihood of being an alcoholic in a family of alcoholics or abusing children if you were abused as a child We are interactionists : people who believe change is caused by genes and environment Genes set the broad or narrow limits and the environment places you within these limits o You can’t have one without the other Barriers o Domain We’re not on the list of science majors We get a bachelor of arts (not of science) which is insulting in the least o Apparatus
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This note was uploaded on 02/05/2011 for the course PSY 361 taught by Professor Pentez,mcdonald during the Fall '10 term at CSU Long Beach.

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Exam 1 class notes summarized f10 - PSY 361 9/7/10 Change...

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