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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 100
Professor
Prof.
Semester
Fall

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PSYCH Lecture Week 16 Major Theories of Developmental Psychology Piles of Theories ­ Help us organize, predict, make sense of the world. ­ Frame how people look at the world, interpret situations, and makes decisions Vague Theories ­ Richard Fineman talks about the role of vague theories – things need to be  falsifiable. If they can’t be proven they don’t have a place in scientific inquiry. ­ Loose theories are not really theories because they cannot be falsifiable. Psychology Trajectory Hypotheses can’t be proven right, but they can be proven wrong. Particular study has  proven; there is no such thing as ‘we have proven’. It doesn’t mean anything – theories  are never definite. Recognize in the field of psychology that all one needs to do is support  a hypothesis, not really to prove it. Proving a hypothesis is impossible. We need hypotheses to be tested.  Why have all kinds of theories/frameworks? ­ Human development is complex, varied, fascinating, exiting and wonderful ­ What is normal? ­ When to intervene? At what point do we need to intervene and help a child? Piaget’s Legacy ­ While Piaget was wrong about many things, he was right about others. Had a  huge impact on the field. ­ He was interested in the mistakes children make. His experiments are still used  today. His theories are still tested today. EX: conservation of mass, with the two  differently sized glasses. ­ “Little Scientists” (children) “Little Scientists” Discovering ­
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