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Lifespan Development - Physical Changes

From 18 to 25 years of age, the prefrontal cortex is still developing its last connections between areas of the brain responsible for planning, analysis, and logical problem solving. During early adulthood, particularly during the twenties, the body is stronger than at any other point in life. However, there are many habits that young adults develop that result from unhealthy response to the pressures of new responsibilities.

Describe some of the physical changes that occur (due to internal growth and choices made) during early adulthood and how they affect the adults' ability to cope with life responsibilities.

Using either Perry's theory or Labouvie-Vief's theory, explain cognitive development in early adulthood. Create a scenario that demonstrates the theory. In your scenario, describe an adult (age and sex) in a typical situation faced by young adults and explain how the adult uses one of the theories to think through the situation.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, I suggest you focus on Perry's theory. This outline should suit you:

1. On Perry's theory - explain what it is about - 150 words
2. How does this apply in terms of early adulthood changes and pressures? 150 words
3. Scenario - how will one think through in said situation? 150 words

This outline should yield 450 words which should cover what you need. Should you need more, you can always extend in terms of adding more discursive details. Good luck with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

On Perry's Cognitive Theory

William Perry is an educational psychologist whose research was based on studying the cognitive development of students at the tertiary level (college/university). A professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, his experience and observation of how his students developed and progressed intellectually and cognitively has allowed him to develop a theory that traces the evolution of the 'traditionally aged' students thinking in terms of the nature of knowledge, truth, values, meaning of life and responsibility (OUE, 2088). Essentially what it is about is an expansion of Piaget's theory - based on his observation of his students, he lists the process ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of discussing and exploring the physical changes that occur in early adulthood and their impact in coping with responsibilities. Resources are listed fir further exploration of the topic.