Developmental Psych 10 1 09

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Developmental Psych 10 1 09 Other teratogens o Smoking o Illegal drugs o Nutritional deficiencies o Maternal disease o Environmental toxins Sushi High mercury in sushi samples from stores/restaurants Mercury is a neurotoxin Interferes with fetal brain development Placenta magnifies mercury levels Newborn blood levels >> maternal blood levels 10+% of newborns have unsafe levels Teratogens: timing o Early vs. late in pregnancy Drugs: thalidomide Diseases, infections o Delayed effects DES Dads in Gulf War I Teratogens: individual differences o Why aren’t fetuses equally affected? o Gene X environment interactions Fetal genes act as a buffer Maternal genes act as a buffer Maternal health and physiology may buffer or amplify teratogens Infant research methods: How do we find out what babies know? Getting inside the infant’s mind… o Blank slate? Nope o How competent? Nativists: many things that adults know, infants know.
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