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active lifespan

The number of years of "vigorous, healthy life" an individual born in a particular year can expect

adult onset diabetes

too little insulin cells or cells insensitive to insulin. results from genetics or abdominal fat. long term damage to circulatory system, eyes, kidneys, nerves

amyloid plaques

A structural change in the cerebral cortex associated with Alzheimer's Disease, in which dense deposits of a deteriorated protein called amyloid develop, surrounded by clumps of dead nerve and glial cells

assistive technology

any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities

associative memory deficit

difficulty creating and retrieving links between pieces of information

autoimmune response

An adaptive immune response directed at an antigenic component of the individual's own body.

average life expectancy

The number of years the average newborn of a particular population group is likely to live. In humans, this age has tended to increase over time, primarily because fewer children die in infancy


eye disease in which the lens becomes covered in an opaque film that affects sight, eventually causing total blindness.

cerebrovascular dementia

a series of strokes leaves areas of dead brain cells, producing step-by-step degeneration of mental ability, with each step occurring abruptly after a stroke

compression of morbidity

A limiting of the time a person spends ill or infirm, accomplished by postponing illness and, once morbidity occurs, reducing the amount of time that remains before death occurs.


a slowly progressive decline in mental abilities, including memory, thinking, and judgment, that is often accompanied by personality changes

functional age

How well a person functions in a physical and social environment in comparisno with others of the same chronological age

implicit memory

retention independent of conscious recollection.

life expectancy crossover

age-related reversal in life expectancy of sectors of the population. (ex.: members of ethnic minorities who survive to age 85 live longer than members of the white majority.) (443)

macular degeneration

breakdown or thinning of the tissues in the macula, resulting in partial or complete loss of central vision

maximum lifespan

The genetic limit to length of life for a person free of external risk factors

neurofibrillary tangles

tangled bundles of fibers seen in the cytoplasm of abnormal neurons in those areas of the brain (hippocampus, cerebral cortex) most affected by Alzheimer's disease.

old-old elderly

85-94 year olds


progressive, degenerative joint disease characterized by loss of articular cartilage and hypertrophy of bone at articular surfaces

primary aging

The universal and irreversible physical changes that occur to all living creatures as they grow older

prospective memory

The ability to remember to perform actions in the future.

remote memory

This type of memory is the retention of experiences that occurred during earlier periods of life (Things we did when we were kids)

rheumatoid arthritis

A chronic systemic disease characterized by inflammation of the joints, stiffness, pain, and swelling that results in crippling deformities

secondary aging

changes in physical and cognitive functioning that are due to illness, health habits, and other individual differences, but which are not due to increased age itself and are not inevitable

selective optimization with comprehension

narrowing ones goals to select personally valued activities, then optimize returns from diminishing energy. they also find new ways to compensate for losses

sleep apnea

a sleep disorder characterized by temporary cessations of breathing during sleep and repeated momentary awakenings

terminal decline

An overall slowdown of cognitive abilities in the weeks and months before death.


breadth and depth of practical knowledge and the ability to reflect on and apply that knowledge in ways that make life more bearable and worthwhile; emotional maturity, including the ability to listen, evaluate, and give advice.

young-old elderly


achieving stage

the point reached by young adults in which intelligence is applied to specific situations involving the attainment of long-term goals regarding careers, family, and social contributions

acquisitive stage

according to Schale, the first stage of cognitive development, encompassing all of childhood and adolescence, in which the main developmental task is to acquire information.

basal metabolic rate

the amount of energy the body uses at complete rest. gradually declines


the most common form of CVD; a disease characterized by plaques along the inner walls of the arteries.

biological aging, senescence

genetically influence declines in the function organs and systems that are universal in all members of our species

body mass index

Numerical value found by dividing an individual's mass in kg by the (height in m)2 and used to assess if the individual is underweight, acceptable weight, overweight or obese.


a disease in which abnormal cells multiply out of control, spread into surrounding tissues and other body parts, and disrupt normal functioning of one or more organs


A feature of thought and problem solving that includes the tendency to generate or recognize ideas considered to be high-quality, original, novel, and appropriate.

dualistic thinking

dividing information, values, and authority into right and wrong, good and bad, we and they

executive stage

the period in the middle adulthood when people take a broader perspective than earlier, including concerns about the world


acquisition of extensive knowledge in a field or endeavor

fantasy period

in early and middle childhood, children gain insight into career options by fantasizing about theme

free radicals

naturally occurring, highly reactive chemicals that form in the presence of oxygen.


a common disorder in which blood pressure remains abnormally high (a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or greater)

post conventional level

kohlberg's highest level of moral development, in which moral actions are judged on the basis of a personal code of ethics that is general and abstract and that may not agree with societal norms ex: individuals lives are more important than society's law against stealing

post formal operational thought

fifth stage of cognitive development proposed by neo-Piagetians that is characterized by three features: adults come to realize that knowledge is not absolute but relativistic, contradiction is inherent in life, and they must find some encompassing whole by which to organize their experience

post formal thought

cognitive development beyond piagets formal operations

pragmatic thought

a structural advance in which logic becomes a tool for solving real world problems

premenstrual syndrome

refers to an array of physical and psychological symptoms that usually appear six to ten days prior to menstruation. the most common are abdominal cramps, fluid retention, diarrhea, tender breasts, backache, headache, fatigue, tension, irritability and depression


farsightedness resulting from a reduced ability to focus caused by loss of elasticity of the crystalline lens with age

realistic period

by late teens and early twenties, with the economic and practical realities of adulthood just around the corner, young people start to narrow their options. a first step is exploration-gathering more information about possibilites that blend with their personal characteristics. in the final phase, crystallization, they focus on a general vocational category and experiment for a time before settling on a single occupation

reintegrative stage

the period of late adulthood during which the focus is on tasks that have personal meaning

relativistic thinking

instead of choosing between opposing views, they try to formulate a more satisfying perspective that synthesizes contradictions

responsibility stage

Stage of middle adulthood concerned with real-life problems and with being in charge of self and others.

tentative period

between the ages 11 and 16, adolescents think about careers in more complex ways,at first in terms of their interests, and soon- as they become more aware of personal and educational requirements for different vocations- in terms of their abilities and values

cumulative effects

effects radiation exposure are additive and unrepaired damage accumuluates in tissues, lead to health problems, cancer, cataracts, birth defects

cross linkage theory of aging

over time, protein fibers that make up the body's connective tissue forms bonds, or links with one another. when these normally separate fibers cross link, tissue becomes less elastic, leading to many negative outcomes

theories of aging

environmental-external and internal, aging is a result of accumulation of random injuries and events (wear and tear); genetic-aging is a result of genetically controlled developmental program (a built in self destruction program); a combination of the two explain aging the best-aging may be predetermined but environmental conditions can speed it up or slow it down

Contemporary life-events approach

Emphasizes that how a life event influences the individual's development depends not only on the life event, but also on meditating factors., the individual's adaptation to the life event, the life-stage context, and the sociohistorical context.

social clock

The timetable according to which individuals are expected to accomplish life's tasks, such as getting married, having children, or establishing themselves in a career.

Big Five facts of personality

Emotional stability (neuroticism), extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness, and conscientiousness.

empty next syndrome

A decrease in marital satisfaction after children leave home, because parents derive considerable satisfaction from their children.

Traditional Classroom

In this type of classroom, the teacher is the sole authority for knowledge, rules, and decision making and does most of the talking.

Constructivist classroom

In this type of classroom, children are encouraged to construct their own knowledge.

Social-constructivist classroom

In this type of classroom, children participate in a wide range of challenging activities with teachers and peers, with whom they jointly construct understandings.

Reciprocal teaching

A teacher and two to four students form a collaborative group and take turns leading dialogues on the content of a text passage.

Educational self-fulfilling prophecies

Children may adopt teachers' positive or negative views and start to live up to them.


Students with learning difficulties are placed in regular classrooms for part of the school day, a practice designed to prepare them for participation in society.

Full inclusion

Placement in regular classrooms full time.


Poverty is a poor predictor of health during the school years.


Today, 15 percent of Canadian and 16 percent of American children are obese.


Research shows that heredity, not environment, is the primary cause of obesity.


By middle childhood, obese children report more emotional, social, and school difficulties and display more behavior problems than their normal-weight peers.


Boys, African-American children, and children who were born underweight, whose parents smoke, or who live in poverty are at greatest risk for asthma.


Children experience a somewhat lower rate of illness during the first two years of elementary school than later.


Both body growth and more efficient information processing play a role in improved motor performance in school-age children.


In middle childhood, boys outperform girls in skipping, jumping, and hopping.


Research indicates that participation in organized sports contributes to low self-esteem for most children.


Children's rough and tumble play resembles the social behavior of many other young mammals.

Mild mental retardation

Student with IQs between 55 and 70 who show problems in adaptive behavior, or skills of everyday living.

Learning disabilities

Children who have great difficulty with one or more aspects of learning, usually reading.


Children who display exceptional intellectual strength.


The ability to produce work that is original yet appropriate--something others have not thought of that is useful in some way.

Divergent Thinking

The generation of multiple and unusual possibilities when faced with a task or problem.

Convergent thinking

Thinking that involves arriving at a single correct answer and is emphasized on intelligence tests.


Outstanding performance in a specific field.


As in early childhood, an adult must be present for a school-age child to feel pride or guilt.


Research shows that guilt motivates children to take on further challenges.


An appreciation of mixed emotions helps children realize that people's expressions may not reflect their true feelings.


In problem-centered coping, children appraise the situation as changeable, identify the difficulty, and decide what to do about it.


When outcomes are beyond their control (e.g., after receiving a bad grade), school-age children opt for a distraction or try to redefine the situation.


Emotional self-efficacy fosters a favorable image and an optimistic outlook.


Although emotionally well-regulated children are upbeat in mood, they impulsively unleash negative emotion.


Not until age 11 can children "step into another person's shoes" and reflect on how that person might regard their own thoughts, feelings, and behavior.


Children as young as 6 are capable of evaluating two people's perspectives simultaneously.


Research shows that social experiences actually have little impact on children's perspective talking.


Menarche takes place immediately before the peak of the height spurt.


In the sequence of pubertal events, the growth spurt occurs at approximately the same age for both boys and girls.


Both heredity and physical health contribute to pubertal growth.


Research indicates that adolescence is a period of storm and stress for most teenagers.


Both biological and social forces contribute to the experience of adolescence.


Girls adjust especially well to puberty when their fathers are aware of pubertal changes.


Compared to girls, boys tend to get less social support for the physical chnages of puberty.


Most researchers agree that high sex hormone levels are primarily responsible for adolescent moodiness.


Physchological distancing between parents and children is normal during adolescence, and most parent-child conflict is mild.


Late-maturing boys and early-maturing girls tend to be popular, self-confident, and sociable.


As adolescents' social world expands, contradictory self-descriptions increase.


Compared with school-aged children, teenagers place less emphasis on social virtues, such as being friendly, considerate, kind, and cooperative.


For the majority of young people, level of self-esteem drops drastically in adolescence.


Individualized differences in self-esteem become increasingly stable in adolescence.


In a study of adolescents in 13 industrialized nations, most were pessimistic about the future.


Authoritarian parenting predicts high self-esteem in adolescence, just as it did in childhood.


Identity development often varies across identity domains, such as sexual orientation, vocation, and religious and political values.


Young people in long-term foreclosure and diffusion are more likely to view school and work as feasible avenues for realizing their aspirations and are more advanced in moral reasoning.


Forclosed teenagers usually have close bonds with parents but lack opportunities for healthy separation.


Minority youths often feel caught between the standards of the larger society and those of their culture of origin.

Moral dilemmas

Stories that present a conflict between two moral values.

Preconventional level

Morality is externally controlled: Behaviors that result in punishment are viewd as bad, and those that lead to rewards are seen as good.


Individuals believe that actively maintaining the current social system ensures positive relationships and social order.

Postconventional--Principle Led level

Individuals define morality in terms of abstract principles and values that apply to all situations and societies.

Moral self-revelance

The degree to which morality is central to self-concept.

Postformal thought

Cognitive development beyond Piaget's formal operations.

Epistemic cognition

Refers to our reflections on how we arrived at facts, beliefs, and ideas.

Dualistic thinking

Dividing information, values, and authority into right and wrong, good and bad, we and they.

Relativistic thinking

Viewing all knowledge as embedded in a framework of thought.

Commitment within relativistic thinking

Instead of choosing between opposing views, the most mature individuals try to formulate a more satisfying perspective that synthesizes contradictions.

Pragmatic thought

A structural advance in which logic becomes a tool for solving real-world problems.

Cognitive-affective complexity

Awareness and coordination of positive and negative feelings into a complex, organized structure.


Acquisition of extensive knowledge in a filed or endeavor


Erickson's theory has had little impact on the study of adult personality development.


Research confirms that a secure identity fosters attainment of intimacy.


People with a sence of isolation tend to compete rather than cooperate, are not accepting of differences, and are easily threatened when others get too close.


In Levinson's theory, the life structure has little to do with one's happiness and psychological well-being.


Most career-oriented women display "split dreams" in which both marriage and career are prominent.


"Settling down" accurately describes women's experiences during their thirties.


Both Vaillant and Levinson agree that quality of relationships with important people shape the life course.


According to Vaillant, during their forties, men focus on career consolidation and individual achievement.


Few societies have time tables for accomplishing major developmental tasks.


A major source of personality change in adulthood is conformity to or departure from the social clock.


This marks the beginning of adolescence.

Negative life events

Adolescent moodiness is linked to this.

Mood swings

Side effect of steroid use.

Lawrence Kohlberg

Posed moral dilemmas to children, adolescents, and adults
Asked them what they would do in the situation
More importantly - asked why they would do it
Rationales were different; patterns emerged

Pre-Conventional Reasoning

Self-Centered: What's in it for me?
Stage 1 - concern is to avoid punishment (stick)
Stage 2 - concern is to get rewards (carrot)

Conventional Reasoning

Other-centered: I look to others to figure out what's right/wrong or good/bad
Stage 3 - concern is to get approval from people close to you (peer pressure)
Stage 4 - concern is to obey laws/rules (blind obedience)

Post-Conventional Reasoning

Society-centered: prioritizes what's good for society
Stage 5 - concern is that rules/laws are flexible, and they should be changed to make them more fair (social contact)
Stage 6 - unwavering concern for following universal ethical principles that should guide all people in all situations (MLK)

Moral Judgment May Be Influenced By...

Verbal Ability
Hardly anyone reached Stages 5 & 6
Survey results in more people at Stages 5 & 6 (recognition task) than in interviews (production task)
Abstract dilemmas - people reason differently in real-life dilemmas
Managerial Moral Judgment Test - Loviscky, Trevino & Jacobs
Possibly Culture & Gender, too

Moral Feeling

Less personal involvement - more thinking
More personal involvement - more emotion
Anterior cingulate; part of frontal lobe
Moral judgment is more than thinking - it is also feeling

Erik Erikson

Developed the theory of social and emotional development

Socialization Process consists of 8 stages

Each stage is represented by a "psychosocial crisis"
Failure to successfully resolve the crisis in a stage results in...
reduced ability to complete further stages & results in less healthy sense of self
Stages can be resolved successfully at a later time

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