Psychology for Intro class
Carolyn R. Fallahi, Ph. D.
What Developmental Psychology
Who Is Included In our Study?
Conception & prenatal Adolescence
development Young Adulthood
Infants Middle Adulthood
Toddlers Older Adulthood
How do we study development?
Quantitative versus Qualitative changes
Major Influences that impact development
Monozygotic Twins versus Dizygotic Twins
E.g. Minnesota Twin Family Study
Theories regarding heredity &
Genetic factors influence personality, mental
health, activity level
Heredity & environment are a joint product
for many developmental issues.
E.g. kinship studies
Rho = .49 siblings & .75-.91 for identical twins
Select Issues in Development
Universality of stages
Mary Ainsworth & the Strange situation
Attachment is a reciprocal relationship
Parenting Styles – Diana Baumrind
Neglectful versus nonconforming
What does the research say?
Parenting style & outcome measures
Differences between boys and girls?
Cognitive Development – Jean Piaget
Sensorimotor Period (B to 2 years old)
Preoperational Period (2-7 years old)
Concrete Operational Period (7-11 years old)
Formal Operational Period (11-15 years old)
Stage 1: Trust versus Mistrust
Stage 2: Autonomy versus Shame and Doubt
Stage 3: Initiative versus Guilt
Stage 4: Industry versus Inferiority
Stage 5: Identity versus Identity Diffusion
Stage 6: Intimacy versus Isolation
Stage 7: Generativity versus Stagnation
Stage 8: Ego Integrity versus Despair