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What are the 3 fundamental characteristics of human development?

-Nature and nurture
-Continuity and discontinuity
-Universal and context-specific development

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Nature and Nurture

Nature:
-biologically given, born
-based on genetic inheritance

Nurture:
-all environmental influences including the physical, social, and cultural world

Both aspects, biological and environmental influences, are intertwined,

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Continuity and discontinuity

continuity: do personality characteristics remain the same or progress smoothly

Discontinuity: are personaility characteristics a series of abrupt shifts

EX: whistling (at one time you can't whistle then BAM you can)

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Universal vs. Context-specific

- Is there just one developmental path or several?
- Are developmental changes common to all humans or different across cultures, subcultures, contexts, and individuals?

The US is individualistic culture whereas other countries are more communalistic.

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Theory

an organized set of ideas

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A good theory produces

testable hypotheses.

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Psychodynamic Theory

- Freud
- Central notion: humans have instincts that motivate behavior.
- unconscious motivation

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Id

impulsive, selfish part of personality

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Ego

rational aspect that seeks to gratify instincts

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Superego

internalized moral standards

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What did Freud do right?

- publicized psychology
- highlighted impact of unconscious mind
- emphasized importance of early experience
- emphasized importance of emotions and emotional conflicts.

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Erikson

- most influential neo-Freudian
- lifespan theory
- successful resolution of crises leads to proper development

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strengths of Erikson

- emphasis on rational and adpative nature
- emphasis on interaction between biological and social influences
- influenced research into adolescence and adulthood

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Learning Theory

- behaviorism
- social learning theory

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behaviorism

- Skinner
- consequences of a behavior determine whether or not that behavior is repeated in the future

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social cognitive theory

- Bandura
- learning occurs through imitation or observational learning.

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Cognitive-Developmental Theory

- how people think and how thinking changes over time

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Piaget's theory

children create theories about the world and test them out through experience.

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information processing theory

human cognition consists of mental hardware (cognitive structures) and mental software (sets of cognitive processes)

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Vygotsky's theory

every aspect of a child's development must be considered against backdrop of culture.

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Ecological and Systems Perspective

- development is inseparable from the environment in which a person develops.

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Lifespan Theory

- development cannot be understood in the scope of one framework
- must appreciate an adult's childhood and adolescence in order to understand them.

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Lifespan Development

ontogenic development is a lifelong process. No age period hold supremacy

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Multidirectionality

considerable diversity or pluralism is found in the directionality of changes

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Gain-Loss dynamic

- the process of development is not a simple movement toward higher efficacy.
- development across consists of the joint occurrence of gain and loss

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Plasticity/Constraints

the key developmental agenda is the search for the range of plasticity and its constraints

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Historical Embeddedness

age-related development is markedly influenced by sociocultural conditions existing in a given historical period

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Contextualism as Paradigm

individual development can be understood as the outcome of the interactions among three systems of developmental influences and variations therein: age-graded, history-graded, and non normative influences

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Naturalistic observations

- observing a person in real-life situation

how they started studying aggressive behavior in children

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Structured observations

- creating a setting to bring out the behavior of interest
- pitfall is bringing out an unnatural or unrealistic behavior.