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Unit 6

Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology Scientific Study of how and why humans grow, change, and adapt across the course of their lives
3 Major Issues in Developmental Psych Nature vs. Nurture, Stability and change, and continuity and stages
Nature vs. Nurture Major issue in developmental psych, how does our genetic inheritance (nature) interact with our experiences (nurture) to influence development?
Stability and Change Which of out traits persist through life? How do we change as we age?
Continuity and Stages What parts of development are gradual and continuous? What parts change abruptly in seperate stages?
Zygotes The fertilized egg - enter a 2 week period of rapid cell division and develops into an embryo
Embryo The developing human organism from about 2 weeks after fertilization through the 2nd month (2 weeks to 8 weeks)
Fetus The developing human organism from 9 weeks after conception to birth (8 weeks - rest of development)
Teratogens Viruses and drugs that can damage an embryo or fetus
Habituation Decreasing responsiveness with repeated stimulation. As infants gain familiarity with repeated exposure to a stimulus, their interest wanes and they look away sooner
Created by: Keira Shafer
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