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Lecture 5

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PSYC 2000
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Developmental PsychologyDevelopmental Psychology branch of psychology that studies physical cognitive and social change throughout the life span3 Major IssuesoNatureNurture how genetics influences our behavioroContinuityStages gradual continuous processoStabilityChange do we become diffpeople as we ageModule 13 Prenatal Development and the NewbornConceptionSingle sperm cell male penetrates outer coating of egg female and fuses to form a fertilized cellPrenatal DevelopmentZygote fertilized egg cell cells divided rapidly for first 2 weeks after conception and begin to differentiateEmbryo developing human organism from 29 weeks after conception cells differentiateFetus developing human organisms from 9 weeks after conception to birthTeratogensTeratogens agents such as chemicals and virusis that can reach the embryo or fetus during prenatal development and cause harmoExamplesoHIV heroin smoke alcoholFetal Alcohol Syndromephysical and cognitive abnormalities in children caused by a pregnant womans heavy drinkingThe Competent NewbornHabituation decreasing responsiveness with repeated stimulations
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