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Developmental Psychology

Childhood development

Describe the changes that take place in the self during middle and late childhood years. Does emotion change in middle and late childhood?

Sigmund Freud Theories

Identify with Sigmund Freud's theories of human motivation Be sure to clearly illustrate how this can be seen in human behavior.

concept of motivation.

Define motivation. Identify at least two sources of motivation. Explain the relationship between motivation and behavior. Examine how motivation is exhibited in behavior. References.

Cognitive psychology on Adler theory.

I need to outline a scientific method please see below I have used the milestone in the development of cognitive psychology most influence was Adler's holistic theory. Can you answer this question? Behaviorists felt that the genius behind the computer/information processing model was the human behavior or the driver. Cognit

Child Growth and Development

Q1. Describe the infant's height and weight, including how they change during the first two years and how they compare with those of an adult. Q2. Describe the basic reflexes of the newborn, and distinguish between gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Q3. Identify key factors in the worldwide decline in childhood m

Brain Functioning of Middle-aged adults versus Younger Adults

Did you know that in most individuals the brain is slightly smaller at the end of middle adulthood than it is in the beginning? The synapses that were formed in early childhood begin to disappear as adults age, yet middle-aged adults tend to outperform younger adults on a multitude of tasks. Why do you think that is?

Adulthood as a cultural or societal term

There are some cultures, especially in other countries, where children become men when they turn 13 and can kill an animal to defend their family. In other areas, children become adults when they can complete difficult tasks, like standing on a pole, on one leg, in the dead of summer for 24 hours. Given these opposite ends o

How to Determine Maturity

It is difficult to determine what makes an adult, an adult. It is not clearly related to age, or necessarily to maturity...I know plenty of 14 year olds that are more mature than many 30 year olds I know . If you were assigned to perform research on the subject - what variables would you investigate? What makes someone "matu

Early, middle and late childhood

With early, middle and late childhood there are defined age ranges to describe each age range. Is there a specific age in which an individual becomes an adult? Why or why not?

American teenagers and self identity

Surveys completed by American teenagers suggest that deciding on a career is one of the central themes of adolescent identity development and that engaging in part-time work during high school will help them with this aspect of identity development. Based on the readings, what are the positive and negative aspects of teenage emp


What are the consequences of early, on-time, and late puberty for girls and boys? Are they the same or different? How does the internal model of experience play a role?

Can you think of some other behaviors that could be linked to television viewing?

For a while, the effect of sexual content on youth's behavior received very little attention from researchers. Fortunately, there has been a surge of information becoming available on this very topic. Not only are researchers publishing this information in scholarly journals, it is also receiving mainstream news attention!

Author and date of quote

Read the quote below and tell me who you think said it and when: "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. T

Fat, protein and its affect on puberty

Puberty is triggered by a complex set of hormones and is one of the major physical milestones that occur during adolescence. Menarche, a girls first menstrual period, typically occurs between the ages of 11 and 15. This age is a drastic change from the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries when the average age of menarche was 17!

Adolescents Have Changed Over the Past 30 Years

Many of us approach adolescent development with very little knowledge of what this age group is experiencing, outside our own experiences during adolescence. Think back to your life when you were 13 - 18 - 20 years old. Have adolescents changed over the past 30 years or remained the same? What are your thoughts?

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

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,

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