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PSY100 #16 child development Nov 5-Thursday: By SiLu Liu Development (chect ppt) Feral Child e.g. 1970, a 13-year-old girl looks like 6-8 year old. Her motor ability was very limited. For more than 10 years, she was locked in a tiny, dark room with no human contact except beating if she made noise. She understood a few words and could form only brief sentences and showed few signs of emotion or interest in connecting with those around her. ( once a pattern has been placedits hard to change) For 4 years, she was cared for and formed close relationships with psychologists who attempted to rehabilitate her with therapy, education etc. she learned some vocabulary, formed some social connections, but her development was brutally stunted and she made meaningful, but limited progress. At 18 her mother regained custody, cut off all contact with her caretaker, later lost custody again, and Genie disappeared into a world of >>> -extreme cases like these show us that being human is, like pretty much everything weve learned about, more like a skill than an innate ability; its something we learn through PRACTICE (being a functional human is a skill) -being human is something we BECOME, rather than merely something we ARE -becoming a functional human is about being cultured, being bathed in language, cultural practices and affection The Importance of Social Contact -a key theme in developmental psychology is that humans are profoundly social beings -who we are depends to an extraordinary degree on the human contact we have throughout our lives, from learning language to developing a sense of emotional security, to adopting the beliefs, habits, and even prejudices, etc., of our families (parents have very strong influence on us) -the central part of this process is the formation of attachment Attachment -attachment is the bond that develops between the caregiver and child; the emotional connection -babies are designed to form attachments, and elicit attachment-forming behaviours from adults e.g. holding out arms, smiling, crying, settling down when held -adults respond almost automatically; e.g. picking up, exaggerated expressions, higher pitched voices -first social smile occurs 4-6 weeks of age(and its good thing it does) Infants are social beings 1
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