Chapter 2 - Overview Prenatal Development The Birth...

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Overview Prenatal Development The Birth Experience The Newborn Infant
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Prenatal Development Conception, Developmental Processes, and Early Development Fetal Behavior, Experience, and Learning Hazards to Prenatal Development
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Conception Results from the union of two gametes , the egg and the sperm Gametes are produced through a specialized cell division, meiosis , which results in each gamete’s having only half the genetic material of all other normal cells in the body
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Sex Differences Begin at Conception
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Twins Identical twins originate from the splitting in half of the inner cell mass, resulting in the development of genetically identical individuals Fraternal twins result when two eggs are released into the fallopian tube at the same time and are fertilized by different sperm
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Sensation The sensory structures are present relatively early in prenatal development and play a vital role in fetal development and learning The fetus experiences tactile stimulation as a result of its own activity, and tastes and smells the amniotic fluid It responds to sounds from at least the 6th month of gestation Prenatal visual experience, however, is negligible
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course PSY 330 taught by Professor Patriciamiller during the Fall '10 term at S.F. State.

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