PSY313H5 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: San People, Ender Wiggin, Ageism

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Adult development & aging in a changing world jan 7, Approaching the study of adult development and aging: an overview. Involves change (diff in something/one from one time to another: often too random, numerous and diverse to study usefully. Development systematic b/c coherent and organized, adaptive b/c aimed @ dealing w/ constantly changing conditions: tends to progress simple complex forms (e. g. language, may involve learning/maturation (mostly both interacting) How the study of adult development and aging evolved. Senescence: the last half of life (1st dev. 1st major sci research unit devoted to aging (stanford university) Nih in 1946 est. large-scale research unit (journals, etc. ) Most psychologists agree human dev continues throughout life. Paul b. baltes key principles lifespan dev approach: Life period influenced by past, affects future; unique chars: depends on history and context, respond, interact and change w/ physical and social environments. D= multidimensional and multidirectional: multiple aspects of ppl increasing and or decreasing.

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