Summary: Development Across The Lifespan

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  • the field of study that examines patterns of growth, change and stability in behavior that occur throughout the entire life span-focuses on human development

    lifespan development
  • development involving the body's physical makeup, including the brain, nervous system, muscles and senses, and the need for food drink and sleep

    physical development
  • development involving the ways that growth and change in intellectual capabilities influence a person's behavior

    cognitive behavior
  • development involving the ways that the enduring characteristics that differentiate one person from another change over the life span

    personality development
  • the way in which individuals' interactions with others and their social relationships grow, change, and remain stable over the course of life

    social development
  • a shared notion of reality, one that is widely accepted but is a function of society and culture at a given time

    social construction
  • period of beginning in the late teenage years and continuing into the mid-twenties

    emerging adulthood
  • people mature at different rates and reach developmental milestones at different points

    individual differences
  • biological and environmental influences associated with a particular historical moment

    history-graded influences
  • biological and environmental influences that are similar for individuals in a particular age group, regardless of when or where they are raised.

    age-graded influences
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