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					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, originally
      from 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
          ambiguous information
 Clarifies
 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?
What are some effective
 and ineffective ways of
  disciplining children?
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Is peer pressure important? Commercials?
Is personality stable or
 changeable throughout
      the lifespan?
 What is “intelligence” and are IQ
tests valid measures of intelligence?
What is love?
What are the keys to healthy aging?
What causes happiness?
Genetic or environmental?

              Alzheimer’s
 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.