Scientific Method and Human Development

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Psych 09-2 Psychology of Human Development SY 2011 – 2012 Second Semester Week No. 1 of 17 (Nov. 17-21) Instructions: Please read the following topics carefully Use Search engines to find details Refer to Video server sites to find supplementary tutorials, and provide the links to your assignment reply. References: Berger, KS (2008) The Developing Person Through the Life Span, Seventh Edition Worth Publishers Topic: Nature and Characteristics of Human Development Objectives: At the end of the session, the student is expected to: 1. Define development, focusing on three elements of its scientific study and noting how dynamic-systems theory highlights the interactive nature of development. 2. Describe the…show more content…
All three domains are important at every age, and each of the domains is affected by the other two. The value of an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human development can be seen in research on mirror neurons, which are brain cells that respond to the observed actions of others. These neurons, which in the human brain reflect gestures, mouth movements, and whole-body actions, may help explain some aspects of social organization and how culture is transmitted. One of the most encouraging aspects of the science of development is that development is characterized by plasticity, or the capability of change. One remarkable example is resilience, which is the ability of some children to overcome severe threats to their development. Collective efficacy refers to the degree to which neighbors create a functioning, informal network of people who show concern for each other. The scientific method consists of five basic steps: (1) formulate a research question, (2) develop a hypothesis, (3) test the hypothesis, (4) draw conclusions, and (5) make the findings available. Replication of research findings verifies the findings
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