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Unformatted text preview: Child Development Psy 330 Observation Paper #1 My observation occurred at Golden Gate Park during the last day of the Bluegrass Festival watching Elvis Costello perform. In front of where I was sitting was a couple (husband and wife) with a young male infant, who was probably between 12-18 months old. He sat on his mother's lap with a group of the adult's friends around them. They were sitting together on a blanket with a clearing in the middle for the child to play and move around while they all enjoyed the music and talked to each other. As I was sitting there, I observed the infant's mother hand him a small box of wheat thins which he easily grasped in his hands and held, looking at it for a little while. Then he dropped the box which hit his mother's foot and rustled to the ground. His mother picked the box back up for him and put it back into his hands. He then dropped it again on her foot and it landed again on the ground next to them. According to Piaget the child _ ......, is in substage 5 of the sensorimotor period. The child is testing the cause and effect of him dropping the box of wheat thins on his mother's foot next to him. He is causing the box to fall, and then watching and studying it as it bounces off her foot and finally rests on the ground (causing a rustling noise from the crackers). Piaget would also think that he is experimenting with varying actions to see how it would cause a new outcome and then repeating the process to study if it yields the same result. He is using new techniques to form whole new cone I usions about the world he interacts with. Next, the father picked up the baby and held him close to his face talking to him. "Will you feed me a cracker?" the man kept repeating melodically using infant-directed talk. He would then hand the young child a cracker (the wheat thins I mentioned earlier). The child looked at the wheat thin, then at his father's mouth which was wide open and smiling and brought the cracker close to his father's mouth only to drop it and watch it flutter about 6 feet to the ground. The father laughed causing the baby to giggle and handed the baby another cracker repeating the same melodic command. The baby, although interested in the new cracker in his hand, continued to look back and forth between his father and the fallen cracker as ifhe was thinking, "why didn't he pick it up?" but quickly got distracted by his father's voice and repeated thinking, "why didn't he pick it up?...
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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.
- Fall '10