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Hoerger rhymes with Burger,
but you can call me Mike
Graduate of MSU, originally
Clinical Psychology: Personality disorders,
depression, happiness, choking under pressure
Go Pistons! Questions?
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
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
Course web site
A = 93%, A- = 90%
B+ = 87%, B = 83%, B- = 80%
C+ = 77%, C = 73%, C- = 70%
D+ = 67%, D = 63%, D- = 60%
4 exams: 200 pts each
2 papers: 100 pts each
Extra credit: 40-50 pts
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
4 regular exams; 1 make-up exam, which
is a cumulative final
No additional make-ups
40 multiple choice questions
2 essays (some choice)
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
Add 5% or more onto your grade!
Participate in psychology research
MLK Day – discuss next time
Student Research and Creative
Additional extra credit
Weekly question cards
Extends on vague information
Promotes diversity and creativity
Is it better to have a
stay-at-home parent or
place children in
What are some effective
and ineffective ways of
Is peer pressure important? Commercials?
Is personality stable or
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?
Note Card Assignment
Turn in a note card once a week with your
name, the date, and an interesting
Questions from the present reading or
Last names A – L: Mondays
Last names M – Z: Wednesdays
To cite this lecture:
Hoerger, M. (2007, January 8).
Introduction to Developmental
Psychology. Presented at a PSY 220
lecture at Central Michigan University.