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fetus

delelovping human organism

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cognition

all the mental activities associated with thinking, knowing, remembering & communicating

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embryo

developing human organism

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intimacy

ability to form close, loving relationships

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menopause

natural cessation of menstruation

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

physical & cognitive abnormalities in children caused by mother's heavy drinking during pregnancy

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stranger anxiety

a fear of strangers infants have at 8 months of age

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identity

one's sense of self

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longitudinal study

people are restudied & retested over a long period of time

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egocentrism

cannot see through another's point of view

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self concept

a sense of one's identity & personal growth

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puberty

period of sexual maturation

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imprinting

certain animals form attachments during critical period

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habituation

decreasing responsiveness with repeated stimulation

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preoperational stage

uses language but does not comprehend logic

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autism

disorder marked by deficient communication, social interaction & others' state of mind

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adolescence

transition period from childhood to adulthood

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maturation

biological growth processes that enable orderly changes in behavior relatively uninfluenced by experiences

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developmental psychology

studies physical, cognitive & social change throughout the life span

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formal operational stage

can think logically about abstract concepts

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critical period

period shortly after birth when exposure produces proper development

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secondary sex characteristics

non-reproductive characteristics (breasts)

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assimilation

interpreting one's new experience in terms of one's existing schemas

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accommodation

adapting one's current schemas to incorporate new information

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schema

a concept or frame work that organizes & interprets information

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teratogens

agents that can reach the embryo of fetus and cause harm

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concrete operational

gain mental operations that enable them to think logically about concrete events

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object permanence

the awareness that things continue to exist even when not perceived

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Alzheimer's Disease

progressive & irreversable brain disorder characterized by gradual deterioration of memroy, reasonly, language & physical functioning

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attachment

emotional tie with another person