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Conception A single sperm cell (male) penetrates the outer coating of the egg (female) and fuses to form one fertilized cell. Lennart Nilsson/ Albert Bonniers.

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1 Conception A single sperm cell (male) penetrates the outer coating of the egg (female) and fuses to form one fertilized cell. Lennart Nilsson/ Albert Bonniers Publishing Company

2 Prenatal Development A zygote is a fertilized cell with 100 cells that become increasingly diverse. At about 14 days the zygote turns into an embryo (a and b). Lennart Nilsson/ Albert Bonniers Publishing Company Biophoto Associates/ Photo Researchers, Inc.

3 Prenatal Development At 9 weeks, an embryo turns into a fetus (c and d). Teratogens are chemicals or viruses that can enter the placenta and harm the developing fetus. Lennart Nilsson/ Albert Bonniers Publishing Company

4 The Competent Newborn Infants are born with reflexes that aid in survival, including rooting reflex which helps them locate food.

5 Infancy and Childhood Infancy and childhood span from birth to the teenage years. During these years, the individual grows physically, cognitively, and socially. StageSpan Infancy Newborn to toddler Childhood Toddler to teenager

6 Developing Brain The developing brain overproduces neurons. Peaking around 28 billion at 7 months, these neurons are pruned to 23 billion at birth. The greatest neuronal spurt is in the frontal lobe enabling the individual to think rationally.

7 Maturation The development of the brain unfolds based on genetic instructions, causing various bodily and mental functions to occur in sequence standing before walking, babbling before talkingthis is called maturation. Maturation sets the basic course of development, while experience adjusts it.

8 Motor Development First, infants begin to roll over. Next, they sit unsupported, crawl, and finally walk. Experience has little effect on this sequence. Renee Altier for Worth Publishers Jim Craigmyle/ Corbis Phototake Inc./ Alamy Images Profimedia.CZ s.r.o./ Alamy

9 Cognitive Development Piaget believed that the driving force behind intellectual development is our biological development amidst experiences with the environment. Our cognitive development is shaped by the errors we make. Both photos: Courtesy of Judy DeLoache

10 Schemas Schemas are mental molds into which we pour our experiences.

11 Assimilation and Accommodation The process of assimilation involves incorporating new experiences into our current understanding (schema). The process of adjusting a schema and modifying it is called accommodation. Jean Piaget with a subject Bill Anderson/ Photo Researchers, Inc.

12 Piagets Theory and Current Thinking

13 Sensorimotor Stage In the sensorimotor stage, babies take in the world by looking, hearing, touching, mouthing, and grasping. Children younger than 6 months of age do not grasp object permanence, i.e., objects that are out of sight are also out of mind. Doug Goodman

14 Preoperational Stage Piaget suggested that from 2 years old to about 6-7 years old, children are in the preoperational stagetoo young to perform mental operations. Ontario Science Center

15 Jean Piagets Stages 2) Preoperational- Egocentrism (Why does the sun shine? To keep me warm) Animism (Why do stars shine? Because they are happy and cheerful) Artificialism (Why is the sky blue? Because somebody painted it) Moral judgment is one-dimensional (right is right, wrong is wrong, Mommy said so) Objective responsibility-people sentenced on the basis of the amount of damage they have done, not their motive or intentions

16 Egocentrism Piaget concluded that preschool children are egocentric. They cannot perceive things from anothers point of view. When asked to show her picture to mommy, 2-year-old Gabriella holds the picture facing her own eyes, believing that her mother can see it through her eyes.

17 Theory of Mind Preschoolers, although still egocentric, develop the ability to understand anothers mental state when they begin forming a theory of mind. The problem on the right probes such ability in children.

18 Concrete Operational Stage In concrete operational stage, given concrete materials, 6- to 7-year-olds grasp conservation problems and mentally pour liquids back and forth into glasses of different shapes conserving their quantities. Children in this stage are also able to transform mathematical functions. So, if = 12, then a transformation, 12 – 4 = 8, is also easily doable.

19 Formal Operational Stage Around age 12, our reasoning ability expands from concrete thinking to abstract thinking. We can now use symbols and imagined realities to systematically reason. Piaget called this formal operational thinking.

20 20 Social Development Stranger anxiety is the fear of strangers that develops at around 8 months. This is the age at which infants form schemas for familiar faces and cannot assimilate a new face. © Christina Kennedy/ PhotoEdit

21 21 Separation Anxiety Separation anxiety peaks at 13 months of age, regardless of whether the children are home or sent to day care.

22 22 Social Development Attachment-The enduring affectional tie that binds one person to another Secure vs. Insecure

23 23 Attachment Differences Placed in a strange situation, 60% of children express secure attachment, i.e., they explore their environment happily in the presence of their mothers. When their mother leave, they show distress. The other 30% show insecure attachment. These children cling to their mothers or caregivers and are less likely to explore the environment.

24 24 Stages of Attachment 1)Initial-preattachment which lasts from birth to about 3 months and is characterized by indiscriminate attachment.

25 25 Stages of Attachment 2) Attachment-in-the-making Occurs at about 3 or 4 months and is characterized by preference for familiar figures.

26 26 Stages of Attachment 3) Clear-cut-attachment occurs at about 6 or 7 months and is characterized by intensified dependence on the primary caregiver (PCG)-usually the mother.

27 27 Theories of Attachment John Bowlby Harry Harlow Mary Ainsworth

28 28 John Bowlby attachment is innate and a biological basis for survival infants are predisposed to seek attention from PCG-most often their mothers Disturbance/disruption of initial attachment bond between child and PCG renders person insecure as an adult

29 Proximity Maintenance - The desire to be near the people we are attached to. Safe Haven - Returning to the attachment figure for comfort and safety in the face of a fear or threat. Secure Base - The attachment figure acts as a base of security from which the child can explore the surrounding environment. Separation Distress - Anxiety that occurs in the absence of the attachment figure 29

30 30 Harry Harlow Raised monkeys with cloth-covered or wire mothers Wire monkeys provided milk to infants but cloth mothers did not Infants spent more time clinging to the cloth mothers compared to wire mothers Contact Comfort- primary drive to seek physical comfort through contact with another.

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33 33 Insecure Attachment Harlows studies showed that monkeys experience great anxiety if their terry- cloth mother is removed. Harlow Primate Laboratory, University of Wisconsin

34 34 Prolonged Deprivation If parental or caregiving support is deprived for an extended period of time, children are at risk for physical, psychological, and social problems, including alterations in brain serotonin levels.

35 35 Day Care and Attachment Quality day care that consists of responsive adults interacting with children does not harm childrens thinking and language skills. However, some studies suggest that extensive time in day care can increase aggressiveness and defiance in children.

36 36 Deprivation of Attachment What happens when circumstances prevent a child from forming attachments? In such circumstances children become: Withdrawn Frightened Unable to develop speech

37 37 Mary Ainsworth Developed Attachment Taxonomy Identified attachment types based on child responses to the strange situation

38 38 Ainsworths Strange Situation Child is brought into unfamiliar room with toys; allowed to play with PCG present Stranger enters room; talks to PCG, then approaches the child PCG leaves child in room with stranger-brief separation PCG returns; stranger leaves Evaluates the reunion between child and PCG

39 39 Mary Ainsworth Classification system of attachment: Insecure-avoidant-Type A (20%) Securely attached- Type B (70%) Insecure-resistant-Type C (10%) Anxious, disorganized, disoriented-Type D (added later)

40 40 Mary Ainsworth Insecure Avoidant:Type A-infants explored with indifference to PCG; it was observed that the mothers sometimes ignored their infants Securely Attached: Type B-(majority) most confident and assured by PCG; explored room but happy when PCG return; moderate avoidance of stranger but friendly when PCG present; mothers described as sensitive Insecure Resistant: Type C-intense stress when PCG absent but rejected her when she returned; mothers seem ambivalent

41 41 Mary Ainsworth What these findings suggest: The more the baby is treated as an individual from its point of view the more it responds with the most security (B) PCGs who reject their babys requests and do not cuddle often produce insecure-avoidant babies (A) PCGs who are inconsistent in their actions produce insecure-resistant and confused babies (C & D)

42 42 Imprinting The process by which certain animals form attachments during a critical period very early in life. Ex: Lorenzs goslings

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45 45 Child Rearing Warmth-Coldness 1)Warm parents-affectionate towards their children (more socially and emotionally adjusted) 2)Cold parents-may not enjoy being around their children and show them little affection.

46 46 Child Rearing Restrictiveness-Permissiveness 1)Restrictive-tend to impose many rules and watch their children closely. 2)Permissive-impose few, if any, rules and supervise their children less closely.

47 47 Child-Rearing Practices PracticeDescription Authoritarian Parents impose rules and expect obedience. Permissive Parents submit to childrens demands. Authoritative Parents are demanding but responsive to their children.

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49 49 Self-Concept Self-concept, a sense of ones identity and personal worth, emerges gradually around 6 months. Around months, children can recognize themselves in the mirror. By 8-10 years, their self-image is stable. Laura Dwight

50 Adolescence Many psychologists once believed that our traits were set during childhood. Today psychologists believe that development is a lifelong process. Adolescence is defined as a life between childhood and adulthood. AP Photo/ Jeff Chiu

51 Physical Development Adolescence begins with puberty (sexual maturation). Puberty occurs earlier in females (11 years) than males (13 years). Thus height in females increases before males.

52 Primary Sexual Characteristics During puberty primary sexual characteristics the reproductive organs and external genitalia develop rapidly. Ellen Senisi/ The Image Works

53 Secondary Sexual Characteristics Also secondary sexual characteristicsthe nonreproductive traits such as breasts and hips in girls and facial hair and deepening of voice in boys develop. Pubic hair and armpit hair grow in both sexes.

54 Frontal Cortex During adolescence, neurons in the frontal cortex grow myelin, which speeds up nerve conduction. The frontal cortex lags behind the limbic systems development. Hormonal surges and the limbic system may explain occasional teen impulsiveness.

55 Cognitive Development Adolescents ability to reason gives them a new level of social awareness. In particular, they may think about the following: 1.Their own thinking. 2.What others are thinking. 3.What others are thinking about them. 4.How ideals can be reached. They criticize society, parents, and even themselves.

56 Developing Reasoning Power According to Piaget, adolescents can handle abstract problems, i.e., they can perform formal operations. Adolescents can judge good from evil, truth and justice, and think about God in deeper terms. William Thomas Cain/ Getty Images AP/Wide World Photos

57 Developing Morality Kohlberg (1981, 1984) sought to describe the development of moral reasoning by posing moral dilemmas to children and adolescents, such as Should a person steal medicine to save a loved ones life? He found stages of moral development. AP Photo/ Dave Martin

58 Moral Thinking 1.Preconventional Morality: Before age 9, children show morality to avoid punishment or gain reward. 2.Conventional Morality: By early adolescence, social rules and laws are upheld for their own sake. 3.Postconventional Morality: Affirms peoples agreed- upon rights or follows personally perceived ethical principles.

59 Moral Action Moral action involves doing the right thing. People who engage in doing the right thing develop empathy for others and the self-discipline to resist their own impulses.

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61 Forming an Identity In Western cultures, many adolescents try out different selves before settling into a consistent and comfortable identity. Having such an identity leads to forming close relationships. Leland Bobble/ Getty Images Matthias Clamer/ Getty Images

62 Parent and Peer Influence Although teens become independent of their parents as they grow older, they nevertheless relate to their parents on a number of things, including religiosity and career choices. Peer approval and relationships are also very important.

63 Adolescence The amount of time spent with the family decreases dramatically as age increase Adolescents, like younger children, interact with their mothers more so than their fathers (more supportive and better advice)

64 Ego vs. Role Ego Identity- A firm sense of who one is and what one stands for Role Diffusion- Lack of clarity in ones life roles- a function of failure to develop ego identity

65 Emerging Adulthood Emerging adulthood spans ages During this time, young adults may live with their parents and attend college or work. On average, emerging adults marry in their mid-twenties. Ariel Skelley/ Corbis

66 Young Adulthood *Intimacy vs. isolation (relationships) *Trying 20s (career) *Gender differences(individualism) *Age 30 transition-(ages 28-33) reassessing life goals *Catch 30s-(major reassessment of their accomplishments and goals.

67 Middle Adulthood Midlife crisis-severe depression feel entrapment and loss of purpose Menopause-Cessation of menstruation The Empty-nest syndrome-sense of depression and loss of purpose felt by some parents when the youngest child leaves home

68 68 Adulthood Although adulthood begins sometime after a persons mid-twenties, defining adulthood into stages is more difficult than defining stages during childhood or adolescence. Rick Doyle/ Corbis

69 69 Physical Development The peak of physical performance occurs around 20 years of age, after which it declines imperceptibly for most of us.

70 70 Middle Adulthood Muscular strength, reaction time, sensory abilities and cardiac output begin to decline after the mid-twenties. Around age 50, women go through menopause, and men experience decreased levels of hormones and fertility. Willie Mays batting performance. Bettman/ Corbis

71 71 Old Age: Life Expectancy Life expectancy at birth increased from 49% in 1950 to 67% in 2004 and to 80% in developed countries. Women outlive men and outnumber them at most ages. Gorges Gobet/ AP Photo

72 72 Old Age: Sensory Abilities After age 70, hearing, distance perception, and the sense of smell diminish, as do muscle strength, reaction time, and stamina. After 80, neural processes slow down, especially for complex tasks. Michael Newman/ PhotoEdit

73 73 Old Age: Motor Abilities At age 70, our motor abilities also decline. A 70-year- old is no match for a 20-year-old individual. Fatal accidents also increase around this age.

74 74 Old Age: Dementia With increasing age, the risk of dementia also increases. Dementia is not a normal part of growing old. Alan Oddie/ PhotoEdit

75 Adult Development Late Adulthood: – Ego vs. Despair Challenge of maintaining ones sense of identity despite physical deterioration.

76 Death and Dying Kubler-Ross 5 stages: 1)Denial-diagnosis is wrong 2)Anger-its unfair, why me? 3) Bargaining-with God to postpone death 4) Depression-loss and hopeless 5) Final acceptance-inner peace

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