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Psychologic Theories and their Effects on Human Development

Discuss the ways in which psychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioral and social cognitive theories have contributed to the study of human development. How has human development improved through these scientific approaches?

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1) Fathered by Sigmund Freud, psychoanalysis focuses on how childhood events affect mental functioning in later life. Freud's theories focused on concepts of repression, unconsciousness, and conflict resolution, as well as sexual repression in early development. Although psychoanalysis has fallen out of favor, Freud was able to link adult psychological disorder to unconscious repression of what may have happened in childhood. Psychoanalysis causes us to attribute and explore human behavior and cognition through childhood experiences.

2) Cognitive theory (also called development stage theory) comes from the work of Jean Piaget. Piaget focused on human intelligence and ...

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This solution discusses the ways in which psychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioral and social cognitive theories have contributed to the study of human development and how human development has improved through these scientific approaches.

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