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University of Toronto Scarborough
Steve Joordens

PSYA02 It won’t help for knowledge to go from ear to ear, it must be taken through mind in order to be knowledge Development The uniqueness of the human infant No other animal is born so helpless, so utterly dependent on its parents A lot of physical development occurs prior to birth, and it continues until long thereafter Importance can be given to the physical dependence and the correlation to social development Human children are different: they are helpless at birth and also longer after that period - 16, 17 or 18 years is around the age to live on your own Stages: Pre-natal; 38 weeks of pregnancy - Zygote (first two weeks) - Embryonic (two to eight weeks) - Fetal Stage (last seven months) Infant/Toddler (birth to two years) Adolescence (harder to define) Adulthood and Old Age Zygote: initial single begins cell dividing and differentiating, eventually forming 200 different kind of cells (blood cells, nerve cells, muscle cells, bone cells, etc.) all with the same DNA
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