PSYC 2450 Chapter 1: Developmental Psychology Ch1

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Development the systematic continuities and changes of the individual over the course of life. Developmental continuities ways in which we remain stable over time or continue to reflect our past. Developmental psychology branch of psychology devoted to identifying and explaining the continuities and changes that individuals display over time. Developmentalist any scholar, regardless of discipline, who seeks to understand the developmental process. Maturation developmental changes in the body or behaviour that result from the aging process rather than from learning, injury, illness, or some other life experience. Maturation is partly responsible for psychological changes such as our increasing ability to concentrate, solve problems, and understand another person"s thoughts and feelings. Learning - relatively permanent change in behaviour (or behavioural potential) that results from one"s experiences or practice. We change more so from our environment then maturation particularly in response to the actions and reactions of the people around us.

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