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and personality development. Students are asked to do a personality profile for each infant, which demonstrates stereotyped sex roles. What happens if they are wearing the wrong clothing? The surprise ending will generate lively discussion. Maturing and Aging Instructor’s Resource Guide                               Chapter 9                                            Page  28                             
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Annenberg/CPB, 1990. 30 minutes. This program from Zimbardo's "Discovering Psychology" series examines the myths and realities of aging in our society. Topics include Erik Erikson's psychosocial stages and the biological and psychological changes that occur as we age. The video also presents examples of ageism and other negative stereotyping of adult behavior. Growing Old in a New Age Annenberg/CPB, 1993. 58 minutes each segment. This thirteen-part series explores many facets of adult development through interviews with researchers, older individuals, and health care professionals. Some individual topics include: How the Body Changes; Learning, Memory, and Speed of Processing; Intellect, Personality, and Mental Health; Social Relationships in Old Age; Work, Retirement, and Economic Status; and Dying, Death, and Bereavement. Language Development Annenberg/CPB, 1990. 30 minutes. This program, hosted by Philip Zimbardo, describes language development from its earliest babbling stages, including the genetic and environmental interaction in language development. Cross-cultural similarities in language development are also presented, as well as social communication issues. Language PBS Video, 1990. 30 minutes. Part of "The Mind" series, this excellent video presents the evolution of human language and the phenomenon of speech. It discusses Chomsky's theory of an innate drive for language and demonstrates that linguistic abilities exist even without speech and hearing. You Must of Been a Bilingual Baby Filmmakers Library, 1992. 46 minutes. This program investigates how babies become bilingual, how school children fare in immersion programs, and how adults cope with learning a foreign language. The film presents several bilingual families and takes us to a classroom where Spanish and English- speaking children learn together while developing a sense of pride in their respective cultures. The Infant Mind Insight Media, 1992. 30 minutes. This fascinating video presents traditional Piagetian perspectives of object permanence during the sensorimotor period. Then it challenges some of Piaget's assumptions to demonstrate that infants have a perception of cause and effect, number, and object permanence much earlier than formerly believed. Better Babies--Raising Intellectual Superstars Filmmakers Library, 1991.28 minutes. This film documents some early learning programs designed to produce "geniuses." We see parents involved in prenatal education--talking to their unborn babies in the belief that it will accelerate the babies' verbal skills. One toddler's hectic schedule is presented; his mother is teaching him art, music, computers, geography, and Japanese. This is a good discussion
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