Chapter 5 - Chapter 5 -Developmental psychology-examines...

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Chapter 5 -Developmental psychology-examines how people are continually developing, physically, cognitively, and socially; from infancy to old age. -centers on 3 major issues; -Nature v. Nurture- how do genetic inheritance (our nature) and experience we receive (our nurture) influence our development. -Continuity/stages- development a gradual continuous process like riding an escalator, or does it proceed through a sequence of separate stages, like climbing rungs on a ladder -Stability/change-do our early personality traits persist through life or do we become different persons as we age. - Prenatal development -fewer than half of all fertilized eggs, called zygotes survive beyond the first 2 weeks -about 10 days after conception, the zygote attaches to the mothers uterine wall -the zygote’s inner cells become the embryo and over the next 6 weeks, organs begin to form and function and heart begins to beat -by 9 weeks after conception the embryo takes on the human form and now is a fetus -Teratogens-harmful viruses or drugs such as tobacco, alcohol and HIV that are
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Chapter 5 - Chapter 5 -Developmental psychology-examines...

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