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Psychology of Human Growth and Development
cognitive development part 2
Psychosocial development
Development of emotions
Language development
Cognitive development part 1
Perceptual development part 2
Development of attachment
Nature versus nature
Introduction to developmental theories
Prenatal development and chromosomal abnormalities
Prenatal development and teratogens
Brain development
Motor development
Physical growth
Perceptual development

Lecture one


Introduction to developmental psychology I


What is the Psychology of Human growth and Development?


change across the lifespan of an individual – in other words the development of the mind and the development of the behaviour of an individual.


Age groups


Prenatal development (conception to birth)

Infancy and toddlerhood (0-3yrs)

Early Childhood,  (4-7 yrs)

Middle childhood, (8-12 yrs)

Adolescence, (12-20 yrs)

Adulthood, (2-65 yrs)

Aged & aging. (65+ yrs)


Domains of development


Physical development,

Cognitive development

Emotional and social development.


Central questions in developmental psychology


Why development occurs?

Does development occur universally?

What develops?

How and why does development occur?

What are the processes and mechanisms in development?


Developmental Psychology: its importance


Scientific understanding of human development:

Policy implications,



Historical approaches to developmental psychology


Rene Descartes (1596-1650), 

John Locke: (1632-1704),

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778),

Charles Darwin (1809-1882),

G. Stanley Hall (1844-1924),

John B. Watson (1878-1958),

Arnold Gesell (1880-1961)



Major themes in explanations of development


nature versus Nurture

is development passive versus Active?

Is there Continuity versus Discontinuity in developmental change


Methods for studying developmental psychology



interviews and questionnaires

Laboratory tests.

Research designs are also varied, either experimental, correlational, cross-sectional, longitudinal or a combination of these.


Major Areas of Child Psychology, today


Physical development

bodily structures

motor development

Cognitive development

Sensation, perception, memory, thinking (reasoning), language

Social development

Emotion, social knowledge, morality, personality


Family, school, media, society


Book recommendations throughout the course


Schaffer, H. R. (2003). Introducing child psychology. Oxford: Blackwell.


Berk, L. (2003). Child Development. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.


Harris, M., & Butterworth, G. (2002). Developmental Psychology: A Student’s Handbook. Hove: Psychology Press.


Atkinson, R L. et al. (1996). Hilgard's Introduction to Psychology. Ch 3.


Carlson, N. R., Buskist, W., & Martin, G. N. (2000). Psychology: The science of behaviour. European adaption. Harlow: Allyn and Bacon, Ch. 12.


Gleitman, H., Fridlund, A. J., & Reisberg, D. (1999). Psychology. 5th Edition. New York; Norton. Ch. 13, 14