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April 11 - Developmental Psychology Studies the life cycle...

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Developmental Psychology - Studies the life cycle and how we develop physically, cognitively and socially - three major issues studied: 1. Nature vs. nurture 2. Continuity vs. stages 3. Stability vs. change (in personality) Fertilized egg transformations Zygote - From conception to 14 days Embryo - 2 to 8 weeks after conception o Develops heartbeat Fetus - 9 weeks to birth Prenatal Risks Teratogens - Harmful chemicals or viruses that affect the fetus o Cigarettes, drugs, STDS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - Caused from mother drinking during pregnancy - Any level of alcohol can cause adverse effects o Lower birth weights, intellectual/ learning disabilities, physical deformities **weeks 3-8 are when embryos are most susceptible to prenatal risks The competent newborn Reflexes - Rooting, sucking, grasping, crying - Moro à when a baby is startled, it throws its head back, spreads its arms and generally begins to cry
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Habituation studies - Investigators study infants getting habituated to objects over some duration of time. New
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