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Developmental
Psychology
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Dr. Mohsen Lotfy Ahmed
dr. Mohsen Lotfy Ahmed
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Developmental Psychology
Introduction
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Developmental Psychology
Why Study Life-Span Development?
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You can gain insight to your own life as a child,
adolescent, and young adult.
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You will learn about life through the adult years —
middle age, and old age.
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You may be a parent or a teacher or doctor some day.
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Life-span development is linked with many different
areas of psychology.
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Developmental Psychology
Development is Studied by a Number of Disciplines
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Psychologists
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Sociologists
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Anthropologists
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Neuroscientists
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Medical Researchers
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Developmental Psychology
Developmental Psychology
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Focuses on development across life span – a
field of psychology that focuses on
development across the life span.
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Development
More-or-less predictable changes in
behavior associated with increasing age
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Developmental Psychology
The Nature-Nurture Issue
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Involves the debate about whether development is
primarily influenced by nature or nurture:
Nature: An organism’s biological inheritance.
.‫اإلرث البيولوجي للكائن‬
Nurture: An organism’s environmental experiences.
.‫الخبرة البيئية للكائن‬
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Developmental Psychology
Nature view
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Developmental Psychology
Developmental Psychology
What do they see?
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Developmental Psychology
Laws of Development
 Human development goes in stages.
 There are individual differences in growth rates.
 Human development continuous and connected process.
 All the individuals going through the same stages of
development.
 The growth rate varies from one stage to another.
 There are specific pathways of human development.
 Discontinuities in development are the rule.
 Parents make important decisions about raising children
that impacts on development.
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Developmental Psychology
Factors affecting on development
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Heredity: Transmission of genetic traits from
parents to children.
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Glands: The effect of hormones on the
development and functions of the body.
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Environment: External influence on
development.
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Food: Building the body's cells, energy, disease
prevention.
Maturation: Biological process of systematic
physical growth.
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 Experience: The big role in development.
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