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AP Psychology Development Psychology
Advanced Placement Psychology Enterprise High School, Redding, CA All terms from Myers Psychology for AP (BFW Worth, 2011)
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a branch of psychology that studies physical, cognitive, and social change throughout the life span.
the fertilized egg; it enters a 2-week period of rapid cell division and develops into an embryo.
the developing human organism from about 2 weeks after fertilization through the second month.
the developing human organism from 9 weeks after conception to birth.
agents, such as chemicals and viruses, that can reach the embryo or fetus during prenatal development and cause harm.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
physical and cognitive abnormalities in children caused by a pregnant woman's heavy drinking. In severe cases, symptoms include noticeable facial misproportions.
decreasing responsiveness with repeated stimulation. As infants gain familiarity with repeated exposure to a visual stimulus, their interest wanes and they look away sooner.
biological growth processes that enable orderly changes in behavior, relatively uninfluenced by experience.
all the mental activities associated with thinking, knowing, remembering, and communicating.
a concept or framework that organizes and interprets information.
interpreting our new experience in terms of our existing schemas.
Development - adapting our current understandings (schemas) to incorporate new information.
in Piaget's theory, the stage (from birth to about 2 years of age) during which infants know the world mostly in terms of their sensory impressions and motor activities.
the awareness that things continue to exist even when not perceived.
in Piaget's theory, the stage (from 2 to about 6 or 7 years of age) during which a child learns to use language but does not yet comprehend the mental operations of concrete logic.
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