Human Development - Human Development Heredity...

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Human Development Heredity Developmental psychology: The study of progressive changes in behavior and abilities Heredity (nature): Genetic transmission of physical and psychological characteristics from parents to their children DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid): Molecular structure shaped like a double helix that contains coded genetic information Genes Specific areas on a strand of DNA that carry hereditary information Dominant: The gene’s feature will appear each time the gene is present Recessive: The gene’s feature will appear only if it is paired with another recessive gene Still only 25% chance trait will be expressed Polygenic Characteristics Personal traits or physical properties that are influenced by many genes working in combination Developmental Level An individual’s current state of physical, emotional, and intellectual development Environment (Nurture) All external conditions that affect a person, especially the effects of learning Prenatal Issues
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY ps 101 taught by Professor - during the Spring '10 term at Montgomery.

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