PSYCH 10 Lecture 8: Module 16 Adolescence

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University of California - Los Angeles
Kristen Walker

Module 16 Adolescence ● CDC defines adolescence as the development period between about 15-24 years ● Of course this entails quite a lot of variability ● Adolescence is the transition from puberty to social independence ● Early maturing boys:​ More popular, self-assured, and independent; more at risk for alcohol use, academic and social delinquency, and premature sexual activity ● Early maturing girls:​ Mismatch between physical and emotional maturity may encourage search for older teens; teasing or sexual harassment may occur ● The main issue with early development is often that emotional development usually has not caught up with physical development ● Teens:​ Frontal lobe development and synaptic pruning occur and may produce irrational and risky behaviors ● It is often rare that development occurs strictly according to the right track at the right pace Developing reasoning power: Piaget​: ● Develop new abstract thinking tools (formal operations) ● Reason logically and develop moral judgment ● Developing moral reasoning Kohlberg ● Use moral reasoning that develops in universal sequence to guide moral actions Moral intuition ● Haidt​: much of morality rooted in moral intuitions that are made quickly and automatically ● Greene​: Moral cognition is often automatic but can be overridden Moral action ● Moral action feeds moral attitudes. ● Behavior may affect
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