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Exam 1 class notes - PSY 361 9/7/10 Change Build a vessel...

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PSY 361 9/7/10 Change Build a vessel (of this material/course) o We build one so that we don’t forget o So that when things that happen to us, we can have “ah-ha” moments in the future 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 o 15 weeks on 15 years of growth This course studies change (over time) o There’s no such thing as “no change” ; constant change over time o Biased on looks (looking part of change: child through life-course, such as teeth falling out) Definitions o (this is a) Human development course o Development : the unfolding of the human potential in each person’s unique environment (key points: non-random, systematic, sequential ) Where is the human’s unique potential? micro (versus macro) in your body; the biology / genes There’s a plan in your genes The unfolding of the human potential Is the plan random/non-random? Non-random o There’s a plan, such as we all have two eyes Plan: systematic , sequential o There’s a plan and each person has an unique environment o Environment includes where we’re conceived, how we are raised, (etc.) and therein development is effected o Aging : When does aging start? From the point of conception Aging can be before we’re conceive: due to the ovaries of the mother having aged (and had teratogens, such as being in a hot- tubs) Normally aging is seen in negative contexts Negative versus Positive aging Adolescence lack of impulse control = negative Development and aging are both positive and negative Historically, aging = negative & development = positive connotations Aging is an umbrella: includes both systematic and non-systematic, random and non-random, positive and negative o Growth : Physical, structural; growing larger
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From a developmental perspective we (as college students) have stopped growing, although we may gain weight or muscle mass 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 : [si- nes - uh nes] negative changes that occur during the latter part of the life course: usually biologically and physiology Hearing, vision, muscle twitching, speed, vascular output These are pejorative / negative, usually associated with aging Domains of Change o We in the field of 361 study change over time in three aspects: physical, cognitive, and behavioral Physical Examples from classmates: getting taller, muscle mass development, sexual maturation (breast, penis, clitoris, etc.), teeth, weight, brain cells/brain development, hair color/length, bone strength/ossification, skin, organs grow larger, body figure (sexual morphology), vision, feet/toe nails grow, get hairier, urine/feces
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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 - PSY 361 9/7/10 Change Build a vessel...

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