PSYC 355 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Lesion, Feral Child, Structured Interview

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PSYC 355: Developmental Psychology
Correlational vs. Experimental Designs
Cross-Sectional vs. Longitudinal
Cross-sectional designs: Compare behavior or characteristics of children of different ages
(age related changes)
Longitudinal designs: Same children are studied twice or more over a period of time
(stability and change)
Cross-Sectional
Combines the advantages of longitudinal and cross-sectional
Different groups are followed over time
EX: tracking 1st, 3rd, 5th graders over 3 years
Microgenetic Designs
Provide in-depth depiction of a behavior over time
Study children on the verge of an important developmental change
Provide heightened exposure
Study them intensely while their behavior is in transition
Motor/perceptual development
Changes in locomotion over time
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