Developmental Psychology: A Course Companion by Carol Brown

By Carol Brown

Developmental Psychology provides scholar readers with crucial assist in all facets in their first direction in developmental psychology, together with recommendation on revising tests, getting ready and writing direction overview fabrics, and adorning and progressing their wisdom and abilities based on direction standards on a developmental psychology direction.

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There is a wealth of research into autistic children in this area which is beyond the scope of this section. However, in brief, autistic children appear to find this scenario extremely difficult and it has therefore been argued that one of the key features of autism is a lack of understanding of mind. Note that although this work tells us something about both normal and autistic children’s understanding of mind, the studies used are rather artificial and lack ecological validity. Tasks Complete Table 1 which asks you to describe each of the main cognitive theories (Piaget, Bruner and Vygotsky) and then list their strengths and weaknesses.

Differentiation theory – perceptual development Perception develops once distinctive features of objects can be transferred across situations and once they can be differentiated from irrelevant stimuli. Such differentiation tends to occur as a result of age. Handy Hints for evaluating the work of key thinkers/theories • It hard to generalise the results from Fantz’s work as it contained a very small sample size and one cannot be sure that the preference was due to the human resemblance rather than the overall symmetrical pattern.

Qxd 1/10/2008 4:23 PM Page 26 26 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY Handy Hint! Sampling methods Methods include time sampling (behaviour is observed for a set period of time), event sampling (every time the behaviour occurs a note is made) or point sampling (the behaviour of just a given individual or group is noted at a time). These are useful in providing accurate observations but may miss important information. Handy Hint! Classifying data Data is usually classified using frequency grids/tally charts, rating scales or timings of behaviour.

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