Lecture 1 (Thursday, September 6, 2012)
Developmental Psychology: What Is It? How Is It Approached?
Going from conception to end of childhood in this class
Sticking with the first 12 years of life
What is Developmental Psychology?
Developmental psychology = how do we change or not change over time
Sometimes things don’t change at all, but it’s still considered as development
We’re interested in what is happening as we are getting older
You could use various aspects of an individual’s life rather than their age to get a developmental point
What types of things do developmental psychologists study?
Developmental psychologists study everything
The psychology of everything, but in kids
The goals of any psychology are to describe and explain stuff
Why Study Children?
Historically we weren’t interested in researching in anyone over 10, we were interested more in child
development (later we studied older ages)
Rapid development is one of the reasons for this, there are so many changes that happen over a short
period of time
Example ▯eyesight development
Another reason is long – term influences
Things in your childhood have long – term effects: physiologically, emotionally, and intellectually
It is difficult for parents to figure out how children will develop optimally
Example ▯one very big area of study is attachment (the relationship that you build with your mother,
which give you expectations of how you will be with the opposite – sex/in relationships)
If we can identify things that are detrimental to others, we can design interventions and help
individuals who are at risk to develop optimally
Also, there are real – world applications
Example ▯lead pain