Developmental Psychology PSY 220 Michael Hoerger
Overview • Syllabus: Last Page • Background Information • More Syllabus • Class Discussion • Note Cards
Syllabus: Last Page • Your information & voting for lecture topics • My information: • Hoerger rhymes with Burger,but you can call me Mike • Graduate of MSU, originallyfrom Midland • Clinical Psychology: Personality disorders, depression, happiness, choking under pressure • Go Pistons! Questions?
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. 3 • The study of the individual’s social, emotional, cognitive, and biological development throughout the lifespan • Focus has shifted from infants and children to people of all ages
Background Information • Why study developmental psychology? • Knowledge relevant to multiple domains • Practical information for your own life • Bedwetting, crying babies, peer pressure, drinking, love, sex, careers, families, healthy aging • Social policy implications • Head Start, midnight basketball, HPV vaccine • Critical research skills
More Syllabus • Course web site • Contacting me • Office hours • Book • Typical class • Cheating
Grades A = 93%, A- = 90% B+ = 87%, B = 83%, B- = 80% C+ = 77%, C = 73%, C- = 70% D+ = 67%, D = 63%, D- = 60% 1,000 points: 4 exams: 200 pts each 2 papers: 100 pts each Extra credit: 40-50 pts
Grades • Grades 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.” –Kaufman • Recommendations
Exams • 4 regular exams; 1 make-up exam, which is a cumulative final • No additional make-ups • 40 multiple choice questions • 2 essays (some choice) • Study guide?
Papers • 2 papers • Choose a personally relevant developmental psychology question • Paper #1: Compare popular articles versus scientific articles • Paper #2: Compare scientific articles • No two people can do the same questions • I will look very closely for plagiarism
Extra Credit • Add 5% or more onto your grade! • Participate in psychology research • MLK Day – discuss next time • Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition • Additional extra credit • Weekly question cards
Class Discussion • Clarifies ambiguous information • Extends on vague information • Promotes diversity and creativity
Is it better to have a stay-at-home parent or place children in pre-school/daycare?
Is peer pressure important? Commercials? http://abovetheinfluence.com/the-ads/default.aspx
What is “intelligence” and are IQ tests valid measures of intelligence?
Alzheimer’s Genetic or environmental? Weight Extraversion Alcoholism Happiness Depression IQ
Note Card Assignment • Turn in a note card once a week with your name, the date, and an interesting question • Questions from the present reading or current events • Last names A – L: Mondays • Last names M – Z: Wednesdays
Michael Hoerger To cite this lecture: • Hoerger, M. (2007, January 8). Introduction to Developmental Psychology. Presented at a PSY 220 lecture at Central Michigan University.