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Developmental science is a field of study devoted to
understanding constancy and change throughout the lifespan
The field of developmental science is considered to be __________ because investigators often are interested in the practical implications of their research
Developmental science is ___________ because it has grown through the combined efforts of people from many fields of study
Theories are vital tools for developmental researchers because they
provide organizing frameworks for our observations of people.
The ___________ view of development holds that infants and preschoolers respond to the world in much the same way as adults do
Within the ________________ view of development, new ways of understanding and responding to the world emerge at specific times.
Dr. Kostel believes that development takes place in stages. This belief is consistent with the _________ perspective
Kim is interested in comparing the language development of shy versus outgoing preschoolers. Kim is most likely interested in ______________ that shape development
Jackson, a professional baseball player, is convinced that his two sons will both be outstanding athletes. Jackson probably believes that athletic ability is mostly determined by
Although Justin spent his first 18 months in an orphanage, his adoptive mother believes that sensitive care giving will help Justin overcome his early experiences. Justin's mother emphasizes the role of ____________ in development
Theorists who point to early experiences as establishing a lifelong pattern of behavior emphasize
Theorists who believe that change is possible and even likely if new experiences support it emphasize
The increase in the number of healthier, more active older adults suggests that human development is a
Max, age 65, learned to play the piano at a local senior center. Max demonstrates that
development is plastic at all ages.
In the lifespan perspective, every age period of human development
1. has its own agenda and its unique demands and opportunities that yield some similarities in development across many individuals.
The lifespan perspective on development assumes that
development is affected by a blend of biological, psychological, and social forces.
Which of the following is an assumption of the lifespan perspective?
Development is a joint expression of growth and decline
Although Betty grew up in a rundown neighborhood, had divorced parents, and rarely saw her father, she is a successful, happy, and healthy adult. Betty's ability to adapt effectively in the face of threats to development is known as
Which of the following is a personal characteristic that could offer protection from the damaging effects of early stressful life events?
Research on resilience shows that
4. interventions must attend to both the person and the environment to strengthen a child's capacity while also reducing hazardous experiences.
History-graded influences explain why ___________ tend to be alike in ways that set them apart from people born at other times
Which of the following is an example of a nonnormative influence?
Patty learned to speak Spanish and French in college.
The increasing role of ______________ in the life course adds to the fluid nature of lifespan development
As a generation, baby boomers are
1. healthier, better educated, and more self-focused than the previous generation.
Research on the baby boomers showed that starting in the mid-sixties,
marriage rates declined, age of first marriage rose, and divorce rates increased
Charles Darwin's theory of evolution emphasized ______________ and _______________.
natural selection; survival of the fittest
Charles Darwin's theories led other researchers to study all aspects of children's behavior and, therefore, Darwin is considered the forefather of
scientific child study
_____________ was among the first to make knowledge about child development meaningful to parents by writing childrearing books
Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon's intelligence test was originally constructed to
identify children with learning problems who needed to be placed in special classes.
In contrast to Sigmund Freud, Erik Erikson
said normal development must be understood in relation to each culture's life situation
In classical conditioning,
a neutral stimulus is paired with another stimulus that produces a reflexive response.
Baby Max begins to cry as soon as he sees his mother pick up her car keys. Max probably does this because he learned to
associate the car keys with his mother leaving. This example demonstrates
In a historic experiment with 11-month-old Albert, John Watson demonstrated that
children can be conditioned to fear a formerly neutral stimulus.
According to _______ theory, the frequency of a behavior can be increased by following it with a wide variety of reinforcers.
Garrett hits a playmate in the same way that he has been punished at home. This is an example of
According to social learning theory, as children grow older they
become more selective in what they imitate
Albert Bandura is unique among behaviorists because he
emphasized cognition and granted people an active role in their own learning.
According to Jean Piaget, ___________ is the balance between internal structures and information that children encounter in their everyday worlds.
Research on Piaget's cognitive-developmental theory indicates that
3. children's performances on Piagetian tasks can be improved with training.
The information-processing approach views the mind as a
symbol-manipulating system through which information flows
Lillian uses flowcharts to map the precise steps individuals use to solve problems and complete tasks. Lillian is
Which of the following questions would an information-processing theorist ask?
1. Are declines in memory during old age evident on all types of tasks or only some?
A major weakness of the information-processing perspective is that it
virtually ignores aspects of cognition that are not linear and logical
__________ brings together researchers from psychology, biology, neuroscience, and medicine to study the relationship between changes in the brain and the developing person's cognitive processing and behavior patterns.
Developmental cognitive neuroscience
__________ is concerned with the adaptive value of behavior and its evolutionary history.
Dr. Marx believes that early childhood is a sensitive period for language development. Dr. Marx's belief is consistent with
John Bowlby argued that
behaviors such as smiling, babbling, and crying are innate social signals that encourage parents to interact with their infants.
Dr. Symington studies male-to-male aggression in animals and humans. Dr. Symington probably focuses on
evolutionary developmental theory
_______________ theory views the child as developing within a complex system of relationships affected by multiple levels of the environment.
Because a child's biologically influenced dispositions join with environmental forces to mold development, Urie Bronfenbrenner characterized his perspective as a(n) ______________ model.
Toby moved with his family just before he entered grade 4. In ecological systems theory, the move represents a change in Toby's
Piaget's cognitive-developmental theory, information processing, and Vygotsky's sociocultural theory all stress
changes in thinking
Dr. George predicted that positive reinforcement would increase prosocial behavior in preschoolers. Dr. George's prediction is an example of a
Dr. Wiren observes children's responses to bullying by watching them play in a park. This is an example of a(n)
A major limitation of systematic observation is that it
tells investigators little about the reasoning behind responses and behaviors
Jessica asked each of 21 children in a kindergarten classroom to explain where rain comes from. She asked the same set of follow-up questions to each participant. This is an example of a
A __________ interview is more efficient than a _________ interview because researchers can obtain written responses from an entire group simultaneously.
____________ interviews do not yield the same depth of information as ___________ interviews.
One major limitation of the clinical, or case study, method is
that researchers' theoretical preferences may bias their observations and interpretations.
The __________ method yields richly detailed case narratives that offer valuable insights into the many factors influencing development.
Ethnographic research is directed toward understanding a culture through _____________ observation.
The ethnographic method assumes that ______________ will allow researchers to understand beliefs and behaviors.
entering into close contact with a social group
Jade spent two years in a Mexican-American community studying communication between parents and children. Jade is using the ___________ research method.
One limitation of the ethnographic method is
investigators' cultural values sometimes lead them to misinterpret what they see.
Compared to their agemates, adolescents from immigrant families are
less likely to commit delinquent or violent acts.
Which of the following is supported by research on immigrant children in the United States?
Adolescents from immigrant families endorse their parents' value of education more strongly than agemates with native-born parents.
Professor Pedagogy's research shows that participation in extracurricular activities is correlated with grades in school. Based on this study's findings, what can Professor Pedagogy conclude?
Participation in extracurricular activities is related to grades.
A(n) _______________ is a number that describes how two measures are associated with each other.
Dr. Anodyne found a correlation of +.49 between illegal drug use and levels of adolescent delinquency. This correlation is
moderate and positive
Two main types of designs used in all research on human behavior are _____________ and ____________.
The ______________ variable is the one the investigator expects to cause changes in another variable.
A dependent variable is the
independent variable, one the investigator expects to be influenced by the independent variable.
In an experiment on the effects of music versus acting lessons on intelligence, the independent variable would be
the type of lessons (music versus acting).
Cause-and-effect inferences can be made in an experimental design because
1. the researcher directly controls or manipulates changes in the independent variable.
In an experiment examining whether phonics instruction in preschool increases a child's reading level in third grade, the dependent variable would be the
child's reading level in third grade
assures that participants are assigned to experimental conditions in an unbiased manner.
Professor Martinez wants to know if children who receive one-on-one instruction at school feel more self-confident than children who receive group instruction. To identify a causal relationship between type of instruction and self-confidence, Professor Martinez should
randomly assign half of the participants to group instruction and the other half to one-on-one instruction and compare measures of self-confidence for each group.
In ________ experiments, investigators capitalize on opportunities to assign participants randomly to treatment conditions in natural settings
In a __________ design, investigators study the same group of participants repeatedly at different ages.
A major strength of the longitudinal design is that researchers can
4. examine relationships between early and later behaviors.
To examine whether depression is stable or changes with age, Dr. Bleu followed a group of children from age 8 to age 40
Longitudinal research can identify common patterns as well as individual differences in behavior because the investigator
tracks the performance of each person over time
One limitation of longitudinal research is that participants' performance may improve as a result of
In a longitudinal study, __________ effects occur when individuals born in the same time period are influenced by a
In a __________ design, the investigator studies groups of participants differing in age at the same point in time.
Professor Gimbly wants to investigate how children of different ages characterize their friendships. Professor Gimbly should use a ______________ research design.
A major disadvantage of cross-sectional research is that
factors affecting individual development cannot be explored
To overcome some of the limitations of traditional developmental designs, investigators sometimes use
Research that combines ____________ and ______________ designs is increasingly common because it permits correlational and causal inferences.
________________ weigh the costs of the research to participants in terms of risks versus benefits.
Institutional review boards
The ethical principle of _______________ requires special interpretation when participants cannot fully appreciate the research goals and activities.
In ____________, the investigator provides a full account and justification of the activities after the research session is over.
One limitation of debriefing is
young children often lack the cognitive skills to understand the reasons for deceptive procedures.
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