Developmental Psych 9 3 09
WHAT IS DEVELOPMENT?
Themes from class discussion:
Change over time
Learning: cultural, societal, family influences
Growth: Biological influences
GROWTH, PROGRESS, CHANGE
Many kinds of change in life affect behavior, produce growth
KINDS OF CHANGE:
LIFE EVENTS: not developmental changes
Changes over the lifecourse: marriage, having children, etc.
Behavior, identity, etc. changes.
2. COHORT EFFECTS: not developmental changes
Historical, cultural, economic changes.
Opportunities, lifestyles, attitudes, communication, patterns, etc.
Cell phones- constant communication; Facebook, etc.
Day-to-day, moment-to-moment changes
Knowledge, behavior, skills, attitudes, etc.
= Developmental Change?
across all individuals