Developmental Psychology- The study of how people change physically, mentally, and socially
throughout the lifespan.
Developmental psychologists investigate the influence of biological,
environmental, social, cultural, and behavioral factors on developme
Psychology- The science of behavior and mental processes
The early history of psychology is the history of a field struggling to define itself as a
separate and unique scientific discipline.
Aristotle was the first western thinker to study psychologica
Cells that are highly specialized to receive and transmit information from one part of the
body to another.
Brain contains an estimated 100 billion neurons.
Three basic types of neurons
Sensory Neurons- Communicate information from the envi
Motivation- A hypothetical state within an organism that propels that organism toward a
goal. Motivation initiates guides and maintains behavior.
Three characteristics of motivation:
We can think about motivation
Evaluation- solving, judging, recommending, rating
Synthesis- using old concepts to create new ideas; modifying, predicting, combining
Analysis- identifying and analyzing patterns; recognizing trends
Application- using and applying knowled