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Day 1 Notes: Saga of Dave

June 20, 2013 by  

The schizophrenias

Saga of Dave

What is development, and more precisely, what is Developmental Psychology? Let’s try to make an outline:

  • Developmental Psych
    • Lifespan Development
    • Child Development
    • Adolescence
    • Geriatrics
  • Includes all aspects of humans
    • from conception to death
    • life span
  • Constancy and change
    • Consistent
    • Always changing
  • Principles
    • Maturation = rogrammed series of change
    • Maturation must be:
      • Relatively resistant
      • Sequential
      • Universal
    • Early development is elated to later development
      • Not perfect correlation
  • 4 Goals for studying development
    • Describe
    • Explain
    • Predict
    • Modify
  • 11 Primary Characteristics
    • 1. Lifelong
      • Lifespan
      • understanding all aspects of humans
      • from conception to death (life span)
    • 2. Consistent & Dynamic
      • Stability vs Change
        • happy kids, what when grown
        • dynamic: always changing
      • One Course w many sub-paths
      • Cultural norms are not requirements
    • 3. Continuous & discrete
      • Stages: overlapping or separate
      • Everyone goes thru the same steps in same order
      • Universal
      • Sequential
      • Relatively resistant
      • Steps or Waves
    • 4. Multidimensional
      • Many things change at once
      • 3 Domains
      • A. Biosocial Domain
        • How body affected
        • genetics, nutrition & health
        • motor movement, cognition, experience, breastfeeding
      • B. Cognitive Domain
        • Mental processes
        • Knowledge & awareness
        • Sensation & perceptions
        • Language & memory
      • C. Psychosocial Domain
        • Culture & society
        • Social skills
        • Emotional characteristics
    • 5. Multi-disciplinary
      • Medicine & neuroscience
      • Psychology & sociology
      • Chemistry & biology
      • Anthropology
    • 6. Multi-directional
      • Change is not linear
        • failures & successes
      • Both unpredictable & predictable
        • morphogenesis = getting more organized
        • apoptosis = programmed cell death
    • 7. Multi-contextual
      • Many contexts
      • Flexible
      • Rules don’t always apply; even in the same context
      • Social context
      • Rules change from place to place
    • 8. Multi-cultural
      • Each culture has own
      • Traditions
      • Values
      • Tools
      • Age-graded
        • Drive when 16
        • Married by 21
      • History-graded
        • Everyone get at same time
        • Phone, TV, internet
    • 9. Plastic
      • Can change at any point in time
        • Positively or negatively
      • Great potential for change
        • Usually don’t
    • 10. Sensitive
      • Sensitive periods
      • Critical periods
      • Summative & Existential
      • Early experiences cause later problems
    • 11. Interactive
      • Person, heredity & environment
      • Multiple interacting forces
      • Active child
        • Actively influence own develop
      • Passive child
        • At mercy of the environment

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