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Objectives:
•Explain the process of conception and gestation, including factors that influence successful fetal
development (e.g., nutrition, illness, substance abuse).
• Discuss maturation of motor skills.
• Describe the influence of temperament and other social factors on attachment and appropriate
socialization.
• Explain the maturation of cognitive abilities (e.g., Piaget’s stages, information processing).
• Compare and contrast models of moral development (e.g., Kohlberg, Gilligan).
• Discuss maturational challenges in adolescence, including related family conflicts.
• Characterize the development of decisions related to intimacy as people mature.
• Predict the physical and cognitive changes that emerge as people age, including steps that can
be taken to maximize function.
• Describe how sex and gender influence socialization and other aspects of development.
• Identify key contributors in developmental psychology (e.g., Mary Ainsworth, Albert Bandura,
Diana Baumrind, Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud, Carol Gilligan, Harry Harlow, Lawrence
Kohlberg, Konrad Lorenz, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky).

Essential Questions:
  • How do people grow and develop physically throughout the lifespan?
  • How do people grow and develop cognitively throughout the lifespan?
  • How do people grow and develop socially throughout the lifespan?
  • How do people grow and develop morally throughout the lifespan?

Key Terms and Key People:
Zygote
embryo
Fetus
teratogens
Fetal alcohol syndrome
habituation
Maturation
cognition
Schema
assimilation
Accommodation
sensorimotor stage
Object permanence
preoperational stage
Conservation
egocentrism
Theory of mind
concrete operational
Formal operational
autism
stranger anxiety
Aggression
attachment
Imprinting
Basic trust
Self-concept
Adolescence
puberty
Primary sex characteristics
secondary sex characteristics
Menarche
identity
Social identity
intimacy
Emerging adulthood
menopause
Cross-sectional study
longitudinal study
Crystallized intelligence
fluid intelligence
Social clock


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