1. Why do developmentalists consider themselves scientists? 2. Does life get better or worse as we grow older? 3. At what age do we stop changing?. Chapter 1– Introduction. The Developing Person Through the Life Span 8e. 1. Infancy 2. Early Childhood 3. Middle Childhood
2. Does life get better or worse as we grow older?
3. At what age do we stop changing?
Chapter 1– Introduction
The scienceof human development…
seeks to understand how and why people—all kinds of people, everywhere, of every age—change over time.
Each stage is better understood by remembering the whole life, and, conversely, the whole life is understood best by knowing each segment.
Often, a sixth step is needed before the scientific community accepts conclusions.
A view of human development as an ongoing, ever-changing interaction between the physical and emotional being and between the person and every aspect of his or her environment, including the family and society.Observing Changes Over Time
“…every moment of life affects all others.”
“…developmentalists are acutely aware of the reciprocal connections between one moment in life and another… leading to five principles that are useful for understanding any age of human life…”
Change occurs in every direction
you are affected by many forces!
physical health, intellectual growth, and social interaction
up, down, stable or erratic
“…humans develop in dozens of contexts that profoundly affect their development…”
For your racial profile report? Well, sir, my mother was part Panamanian, part Jamaican. My dad was part Ukrainian, part Puerto Rican. I hope that helps.
“…a broad array of disciplines and cross-cutting topics… each person develops simultaneously in body, mind, and spirit…”
Development is divided into three domains;
Mirror neurons- Cells in an observer’s brain that respond to an action performed by someone else in the same way they would if the observer had actually performed it.The Life-Span Perspective