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Watching TV - good or bad for children?

Some positives are that children can learn from certain shows - things like dietary preferences, vocabulary, helpful behaviors, and attitudes. The negatives, on the other hand, include increases in aggressive behavior, emotional desensitization and exposure to things we may not want our children to see. The clear message fro

Discussing Roles and Culture

Hi, I need some assistance with the following question: Question: Analyze the roles of cultural contexts in understanding death.

Uncontrolled Characteristics of Huntington's Disease

Several years ago, in Georgia, a mother was arrested and prosecuted for killing her two sons. Now that fact in itself makes you think "oh my goodness, what was this woman thinking!?!" Now consider the circumstances, the woman's two sons had Huntington's Disease which is inherited and does not begin to show symptoms until mid-a

Does learning take place either way?

To revisit Vygotsky's sociocultural theory, children advance cognitively through social interactions with adults or children who's cognitive level is ahead of their own, a concept known as scaffolding. Therefore it appears that some guidance is necessary for children to learn. There is a fine line between a child "learning" an

What makes something a "larger" moral issue - or are all "wrongs" equal?

Developmental psychologists have studied children's moral behavior in a number of different situations. They have discovered that morality is often situationally based, as in a study of thousands of children where the totally honest child was virtually nonexistent, as were children who cheated in every situation possible. As ad

Should children be taught to draw?

Based on the information you have read in the text about motor, perceptual and cognitive skill development, answer the following question. Please read and respond to others posts as well, comment will count towards participation in week 3. Should children be taught to draw? Or should they be allowed simply to draw however t

How do you think your peer influences shape who you are today?

Outside of the family, peer relationships (or peer pressure) are one of the most significant environmental influences that we will encounter and it a great example of a nonshared experience. People really start to be influenced by peer pressure in middle childhood. As a child gets older and moves through adolescence, the ef


I noticed that all of you that have responded so far have multiple siblings. There has been a tremendous amount of research that discusses the traits of individuals and how that is related to the birth order, or standing, they had in their family. For example, some studies have found that oldest children are more responsible,

Biological Psychology

How do postsynaptic potentials, synaptic transmission, and receptors affect behavior? Why is it important for psychologists to understand their effect?

A child's love for parents is explored.

Children have a lot of love for their parents even when they have not been treated well by them. It has been said that a child even if taken away from their mother due to neglect will still love them. Why is this and what can be done to help the new parent cope with the child's unwillingness to love the new parent as they love

Adolescence and Adulthood Cognitive and Physical Developmental Stages

1. What are the major milestones related to the physical development in adolescence? Briefly describe these milestones. 2. What are the major milestones related to the cognitive development in adolescence? Briefly describe these milestones. How does cognition change from late childhood to adolescence? 3. What are the major

Observe a child between the ages of 2 and 9.

Observe a child between the ages of 2 and 9. Record your observations and then develop a summary from a biological, cognitive, and psychosocial point of view. The child you observe can be a family member, friend or just someone you observe- your material is limitless. Be discrete and take copious notes. Next, think about how

Toddler play

Which of the following is TRUE about toddler play? A.  They engage in complex interactive play. B.  They may imitate each other, but often do not interact. C.  They do not imitate each other as they have not learned this yet. D.  They engage in simple interactive play. E.  Toddlers play only near adults, as other chi

Teenagers and groups

Why do many teens feel the need to belong to a group? How can Gardner's multiple intelligences be used by schools to help teens match their interests with their abilities?

Adolescent and Adulthood Development

Using references related to lifespan development, please answer the following questions-- I am preparing a presentation of development across the lifespan. 1. What are the major milestones related to the physical development in adolescence? Briefly describe these milestones. 2. What are the major milestones related to th

Childhood Development

1. What are the major milestones related to the physical development in early, middle, and late childhood? Briefly describe these milestones. 2. What are the major milestones related to the cognitive development in early, middle, and late childhood? How does cognition change from early, middle, and late childhood? 3.

Infancy and Developmental Milestones

Reference: Boyd, D. & Bee, H. (2006). Lifespan development (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Allyn Bacon. 1. What are the major milestones related to the physical development in infancy? Briefly describe these milestones. How are motor, sensory, and perceptual skills developed in infancy? 2. What are the major

Childhood Board Game Analysis

I am looking for assistance with the following questions. Analysis of childhood board game Game Selection: Lucky Ducks When making this analysis, consider the minimum age that is recommended for children to begin playing the game. The recommended age for Lucky Ducks is 3 & Up. What skills/abilities do children at that

Discussing Vision, Senses, and Motor Control System

Please answer the following questions: 1. What role does experience play in object recognition and visual perception? Be sure to include a specific example from your experience. 2. How does sensation and perception affect the five senses? 3. What are the neurological foundations of taste, touch, and smell? 4. How

Create an ideal environment for a family member in late adulthood

Getting old is a difficult time period for many individuals and their family members. Please provide suggestions to create an ideal environment for an individual in late adulthood. Be sure to address the following items: a. Describe the changes that are occurring for women and men during the developmental stages of late adult

Developmental Stages Worksheet

Please see the attachment for table. Developmental Stage:Physical changes:Cognitively changes:Socioemotionaly changes: Infancy Early Childhood Middle and Late Childhood Adolescence Early Adulthood Middle Adulthood

Middle, Late Childhood, and Adolescence

By selecting elements from Vygotsky's and Piaget's theories, please create an ideal theory relating to the IMPORTANCE OF PLAY that explains the major developmental factors related to middle childhood, late childhood, and adolescent development. Please be sure to include the a description of the theories from which you selec

Lifespan Development and Personality

Can you help me get started with this assignment? Developmental psychology seeks to address various aspects of human development, including physical, cognitive, social, moral, and personality development. Discuss the influences on all of these types of development in a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper. Select one of the following s

Autobiographical writing. Case study.

You may provide a chronological description of their life and then discuss it in terms of concepts using Life-Span Human Development Course. You might begin by constructing the facts of their life starting at birth ( Or Prenatally if this information is available ). Good sources of information for this are parents, siblings, gr

Preschool's premises are noted.

Should preschool education be mandatory? At what age should formal education begin? Provide some evidence to support your answer.

Developmental Theory Matrix

Please see the attachment. Developmental Theory Matrix Developmental Theory Associated Theorist(s) Core Concepts Relationship with other theories Perspective the theory has on nature-nurture issue and supporting research Psychoanalytical Cognitive Behavioral Social Cognitive Ethological Ecological