2 Overview Syllabus: Last Page Background Information More Syllabus Class DiscussionNote Cards
3 Syllabus: Last Page Your information & voting for lecture topics My information:Hoerger rhymes with Burger, but you can call me MikeGraduate of MSU, originally from MidlandClinical Psychology: Personality disorders, depression, happiness, choking under pressureGo Pistons! Questions?
4 Background Information What is Developmental Psychology?“The science that seeks to understand the ways in which people change and stay the same as they grow older.” --Berger, p. 3The study of the individual’s social, emotional, cognitive, and biological development throughout the lifespanFocus has shifted from infants and children to people of all ages
5 Background Information Why study developmental psychology?Knowledge relevant to multiple domainsPractical information for your own lifeBedwetting, crying babies, peer pressure, drinking, love, sex, careers, families, healthy agingSocial policy implicationsHead Start, midnight basketball, HPV vaccineCritical research skills
6 More Syllabus Course web site Contacting me Office hours Book Typical classCheating
8 GradesGrades in this course will be based largely on effort. What you put in, you will get out.“We maximize choice and enhance power by deciding for ourselves how much is good enough in each and every activity we engage in. We all have the inalienable right to waste our potential.” –KaufmanRecommendations
9 Exams 4 regular exams; 1 make-up exam, which is a cumulative final No additional make-ups40 multiple choice questions2 essays (some choice)Study guide?
11 Papers2 papersChoose a personally relevant developmental psychology questionPaper #1: Compare popular articles versus scientific articlesPaper #2: Compare scientific articlesNo two people can do the same questionsI will look very closely for plagiarism
13 Extra Credit Add 5% or more onto your grade! Participate in psychology researchMLK Day – discuss next timeStudent Research and Creative Endeavors ExhibitionAdditional extra creditWeekly question cards
14 Class Discussion Clarifies ambiguous information Extends on vague informationPromotes diversity and creativity
15 Is it better to have a stay-at-home parent or place children in pre-school/daycare?
16 What are some effective and ineffective ways of disciplining children?
17 Is peer pressure important? Commercials? Is peer pressure important? Commercials?
18 Is personality stable or changeable throughout the lifespan?
19 What is “intelligence” and are IQ tests valid measures of intelligence?
23 Genetic or environmental? Alzheimer’sWeightExtraversionAlcoholismHappinessDepressionIQ
24 Note Card AssignmentTurn in a note card once a week with your name, the date, and an interesting questionQuestions from the present reading or current eventsLast names A – L: MondaysLast names M – Z: Wednesdays
25 Michael HoergerTo cite this lecture:Hoerger, M. (2007, January 8). Introduction to Developmental Psychology. Presented at a PSY 220 lecture at Central Michigan University.