Psychology 107: Life Span Developmental Psychology

Let the following study guide help you learn about the extensive field of life span developmental psychology. This online offering includes video lessons and self-assessment quizzes. 

About the Course

This course in life span developmental psychology can augment your learning of human psychological changes at various stages in the developmental process. Through this course, you'll learn what development is and why it's important, including its influence on growth, maturation and learning, as well as get an overview of life span developmental psychology. Other topics range from stages of labor to major end-of-life issues.

Our experienced and knowledgeable instructors have developed this series of brief, video lessons, along with self-assessment quizzes and practice exams. Each category in this course is divided into several chapters, which allows for the concepts to be presented thoroughly. The categories are noted below, along with their objectives.

Course Topics

Domains of DevelopmentDefine the main principles of life span developmental psychology. Learn about cognitive, social and emotional, and physical development, as well as personality. Explore agents of socialization and functions of school. Examine gender differences. Understand the evolutionary theory's application to learning and Gottlieb's Epigenetic Psychosocial Systems Perspective.
Research Methods and the Study of Life Span DevelopmentRecognize and apply the steps of the scientific method to human growth and development research. Understand and differentiate among methods of data collection. Know the difference between correlation and causation. Discuss recent twin and adoption studies and their findings. Discuss ethical issues in psychological research.
Theoretical Foundations for Life Span Developmental PsychologyExplore Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development and Bruner's and Case's theories of development. Understand attachment theory. Describe the stages of psychosocial development. Define Freud's stages of development. Understand differences between classical and operant conditioning. Examine social-cognitive learning theories and theories of adult development.
Basic Concepts of GeneticsUnderstand sex-linked and sex-limited traits and types of sex chromosome aneuploidy. Learn about Huntington's Disease and various other genetic disorders. Examine physical features and structures of chromosomes. Learn about natural selection and adaptation. Explore behavioral genetics. Study the genetic code, genetic inheritance and genetic abnormalities. Discuss gene-environment interaction and ways genetics influences a person's intellectual abilities, temperament and personality.
Prenatal Development ConceptsDescribe the processes of conception, fertilization and ovulation. Differentiate among germinal, embryonic and fetal periods of development. Describe the three principles of growth. Explore the layers of an embryo and what they produce. Understand prenatal life support systems and stages of brain development. Recognize how age, emotional condition and nutrition impact prenatal growth and development. Discuss genetic assessment and counseling.
Childbirth and Newborn CharacteristicsLearn about the perinatal and neonatal environments and potential hazards during the birth process. Explore methods of childbirth, stages of labor and the role of hormones in labor and delivery. Learn about premature births and associated complications, as well as multiple births. Discuss cultural differences in childbirth. Understand changes during the first month of life.
Development in Infancy and ChildhoodDiscuss principles of growth and motor, sensory and brain development in the first two years. Explore sleep-wake patterns. Learn about methods of studying, cognitive development in infants, and infant creativity and intelligence. Study infant perceptual development and the five senses, as well as memory and information processing in infants. Explore language development. Learn about the impact of abuse and neglect on growth and development.
Development in Early ChildhoodExplore physical development in early childhood, as well as nutrition, health and safety. Discuss the effects of environment and culture on language development. Understand the benefits of early childhood education. Examine the role of play in cognitive development. Understand the development of self in early childhood. Explore the impact of different parenting styles. Learn about types of families. Discuss childhood fears and anxieties and emotional regulation and aggression.
Development in Middle ChildhoodDiscuss physical growth and motor skill development, as well as the importance of health and fitness. Explore child creativity and intelligence. Learn how to identify children with a learning disability. Understand learning, emotional and behavioral disorders. Learn about peer relationships and the role of school in development. Examine stress and resilience in middle childhood.
Development in AdolescenceLearn about physical growth and sexual development and maturation in adolescents. Explore changes in sense of self from childhood to adolescence. Understand adolescents' search for identify. Lean about cognitive development and adolescent egocentrism. Understand the decision-making characteristics of adolescents. Explore gender differences in adolescent development. Discuss the consequences of sex in adolescence. Understand family values and the influence of school and peers on adolescent development.
Development in Early AdulthoodUnderstand physical changes that occur in early adulthood. Discuss the sexual reproductive systems. Understand how life events, occupation and higher education influence cognitive development. Explore theories of love. Discuss friendship, cohabitation, friendship and divorce. Understand how differing time points in an adult life impact quality of life and development. Explore achievement and career choices in early adulthood. Define gender identity and gender roles.
Development in Middle AdulthoodUnderstand physical and sexual changes that occur during middle adulthood. Describe limitations and growth in cognition among adults. Learn about memory and information processing in adults, as well as adult creativity and intelligence. Explore mid-life crises. Understand the big five stable personality traits. Examine reasons for job satisfaction and dissatisfaction. Discuss family configurations in middle adulthood. Understand divorce and remarriage and changes in gender roles.
Development in Late AdulthoodDiscuss factors related to living a longer life. Explore theories of aging and death. Understand physical changes in late adulthood. Discuss changes in sleep patterns, health and fitness, and sexuality. Learn about major health concerns in late adulthood. Explore cognitive development in late adulthood. Understand how the physical and social contexts in which older adults live affect their social experiences and development. Discuss friendships and relationships in late adulthood. Learn about life review.
Death and DyingExplore the stages of dying. Understand patterns of bereavement and stages of grief. Learn about the modern hospice movement. Discuss the concept of dying with dignity. Explore the euthanasia debate and stages of acceptance. Examine major end-of-life issues, such as living wills, organ donation and health care proxy.

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