Lecture 1-Framework and Theories of Development

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Framework and Theories of Development Lecture 1 January 9, 2012
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Classroom Protocol Do not talk or whisper during lecture Turn off cell phones before class If you must arrive late or leave early, use the back  doors Class ends at 5:30.  Please do not pack up early Feel free to ask questions (but I am not  omniscient) There is some redundancy in content with other  courses Let us know early if you are having problems  
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Content of Exams Lecture and Textbook There will not be 100% overlap What to study for exams (in order of importance) § Overlap between lecture and text § Lecture (info not in text) § Articles discussed in section § Text (not in lecture) Exams Two bonus questions Exam review sheet will be posted
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Suggestions for Taking Notes Use the slides that I post Fill in ________ on the slides To keep up  § Use abbrev  § Write messy – just be able to read it If you miss something, see me or email me Beyond the slide, what I say will also provide some  useful context and details.  
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Lecture Overview What is development? § Video  What is a theory? § How theories differ Major theories § Psychodynamic theories § Learning theories § Cognitive theories § Developmental neuroscience perspective
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Developmental Psychology: The Lifespan Perspective What is development?  A process of age-related  changes that occurs across the lifespan. § Ie. Wrinkles, puberty, white hair, retirement,  memory problems Six ingredients of the lifespan perspective:    1. Development is life long   2.  Development is multidimensional Ø Multiple forces (e.g., genes, biology, environment) Ø Multiple domains » Physical-hormone levels » Cognitive-how we reason » Social-who we want to spend time with » Emotional -what makes us feel
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Ingredients of the Life-Span Perspective cont. 3. Development is multidirectional -   A joint expression of growth and decline (A 20 yr.  old is better at driving, reading, running than a 5 yr.  old. But, a 5 yr. old might be better at absorbing  language, more flexible, and heals faster than a 20 yr.  old).  4. Development is plastic (open to change)—nothing is  pre-determined. Certain experiences can dramatically  influence how the person does later on in  development.  5. Development involves growth and maintenance 6. Influences on development -  Normative influences  – similar for individuals in a 
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Nonnormative Influences
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