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ThinkPsychology CH10

Accommodation a process in which a person adjusts and refines his or her schemas based on new information
Adolescence the period of transition from childhood to adulthood.
Age changes developmental changes that track how individuals change as they age.
Age differences developmental changes that consider how people of varying ages differ from one another.
Andropause gradual sexual changes in men as they age that include declines in sperm count, testosterone level, and speed of erection and ejaculation.
Assimilation process in which a person interprets new experiences in terms of existing schemas
Cephalocaudal rule the tendency for motor skills to emerge in sequence from top to bottom
Chronological age the amount of time that has passed since a person was born
Cognition consists of mental activities associated with sensation, perception, thinking , knowing, remembering , and communicating
Cross-sectional studies collect data from different individuals at different ages in order to track age differences
Developmental age the point at which someone falls among developmental stages; not necessarily related to chronological age
Developmental psychologist study the physical, cognitive, and social changes that people experience throughout their lives
Habituation describes decreased responsiveness to a stimulus after repeated exposure to that stimulus
Joint visual attention describes a behavior in which a baby looks at an adult's eyes, follows the adult's gaze, and then directs his or her own gaze toward whatever the adult is looking at
Longitudinal studies collect data from the same individuals over a period of time to track age changes
Menopause the end of the menstrual cycle and ability to bear children
Motor development the emergent ability to execute physical actions.
Normative investigations consist of research conducted in order to establish norms
Primary sex characteristics sexual organs present at birth and directly involved in human reproduction
Prospective memory remembering to perform a specific action
Proximodistal rule the tendency for motor skills to emerge in sequence from inside to outside
Puberty the period in which a person's body goes through the changes that allow him or her to reproduce
Reason the skill of organizing information and beliefs into a series of steps leading to a conclusion
Schemas are concepts or frameworks around which people organize and interpret information
Secondary sex characteristics sexual organs and traits that develop at puberty and are not directly involved in reproduction
Zone of proximal development refers to the difference between what a child can do alone versus what a child can do together with a more competent person
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