PSYO 1012 Lecture 6: The Developing Adolescent

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7 Feb 2016
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Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Developing Adolescence
Adolescence
-this begins with the physical changes and ends (according to society) when:
first menstruation and ejaculation
identity development begins to occur
Cognitive Development
-formal operational stage
the ability to reason abstractly, scientifically and philosophically
the ability to do mental operations and identify individual differences
-continuation of theory of mind development and adolescent egocentrism
personal fable: overstating the uniqueness of their feelings
imaginary audience: heightened to social evaluation
-connected to the brain development in adolescence
frontal lobes consist of abstract thoughts and individual thinking
neural complexity continues
neural synchrony (coordination of the brain waves) continues
Social Development in Adolescence
-sensitivity to rejection is greater in the teen years
this is liked to the prefrontal cortex development
there is an increase one focus on self rather than the context (the abstract thoughts
return to the bigger picture)
-search for identity
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