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Psych 2AA3 Nov 11

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 2AA3
Professor
Jennifer Ostovich
Semester
Fall

Description
Self­Understanding in Infancy in a pre­verbal infant, how can you tell? • mirror research, see Lewis & Brooks­Gunn study • in sensorimotor stage, Piaget would predict self­understanding • mental representation of self in substage 6 In Early Childhood • characteristics to how children describe themselves: • activity oriented (I play with my doll), central component of self to children • concrete: about things, not personality (I live in a big house) • physical and material (“What makes you different from Tim?” “I have brown hair, he has red hair.” “I have a bike and he  doesn’t.”) • centred: can’t consider many aspects. When asked if they are good, bad, or sometimes good and sometimes bad, they will  never answer #3 because they’re not centred enough • unrealistically positive, actual vs. ideal selves ­> “I’m never scared” vs. “I wish I was never scared” In Mid­Late Childhood Shift to internal characteristics: preferences and personality (I am smart and popular) Decentred (I am better at not losing my temper than I used to) Spontaneous use of social references (I am Catholic, 
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