Study of Human Behavior in Lifespan Development

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There are many controversial areas of study in lifespan development. Focusing on the research methods used in Lifespan Development, critically analyze why study results are often contradictory.

Lifespan development is a term used to specify a branch of psychology that looks into the changes that occur in human behavior from conception, through birth, youth, adulthood to our death. There are numerous studies looking into pre-natal development and studies of the environment on the fetus (Berk, 2012) and these are a significant part of lifespan development. It is a scientific approach aiming to find understanding of human cognitive, physical, social development. Our growth and development is sensitive to all aspects of our culture, ethnicity and socio-economic background. Within developmental psychology, there are four main issues: the nature versus nurture debate, continuous versus discontinuous development, the significance of critical periods and whether to focus on specific life periods or our entire lifespan (Woolfolk and Margetts, 2013) It is common for researchers to look into these issues. They are problematic and lead to a constant debate between psychologists with inconsistent views. These conflicts exist because a large amount of research done in psychology, especially in developmental psychology, shows contradictory results. Studies of adult development did not emerge until the 1960s and were preceded by child development only by a couple of decades. The research
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