PY 212 Final Timeline Project

Timeline created by brpittman
  • Infancy: Cognitive Development

    Provide an example from your life (tell a story) that demonstrates at least one concept related to Piaget’s stages of cognitive development. The first Piaget stage of cognitive development is sensorimotor. When I was a baby, my favorite toy was a miniature stuffed cow that had a bell in it. We called him “Mr. Moo-Moo”. When I played with him or shook him the bell would make a noise so I would learn that by shaking the cow, there would be a bell noise.
  • Infancy: Emotional Development

    What was your temperament like as a baby? As a baby, I was very noisy and unhappy. I would cry constantly and would not stop unless my parents were carrying me. If they stopped, or sat down to rock me, I would immediately start crying again.
  • Birthdate!!

    The day I was born and entered the world.
  • Infancy: Physical Development

    When did you start walking? I started walking at the age of 1 on a family vacation to the beach.
  • Infancy: Emotional Development

    Were you securely/insecurely attached to your primary caregiver? I was insecurely attached to my primary caregiver. I would label it as ‘insecure avoidant’. I didn’t necessarily avoid my parents, however I didn’t rely on them as much as a typical child would. I was a very independent child. I think this makes sense considering that I was very stubborn as an infant.
  • Childhood: Physical Development

    How often did you get physical exercise? What sort of activities did you do? What were your feelings regarding physical activity? I started taking dance classes at the age of 3 so I was getting physical exercise 3-4 days a week. I really enjoyed these classes mainly for the social aspect.
  • Childhood: Physical Development

    Revisit the 3 physical development post-its you created on exercise patterns. For each, create a new physical (motor) development post-it that describes which gross and / or fine motor skills you used for the activities you listed. For dancing, gross motor skills involve using larger muscle groups. For example, when turning, you have to use your legs, back, abs, and arm muscle groups. Fine motor skills are seen in pointing your toes or specific finger placements when performing.
  • Childhood: Cognitive Development

    What sorts of interests did you have as a young child? (2-4 years) toys, games, etc. Does this fit with the research on children’s concept formation and categorization? As a young child, I really enjoyed playing with rainbow counting bears. I preferred to separate them by colors because they came with matching colored sorting cups. This definitely fits with the research on children’s concept formation and categorization.
  • Childhood: Cognitive Development

    What is one way you remember your parents and/or a teacher acting in a way that you know now helped your language acquisition? When I was younger I had trouble differentiating between “ch” and “sh” sounds. My parents put me in speech therapy and that helped my language acquisition.
  • Childhood: Cognitive Development

    Provide an example from your life (tell a story) that demonstrates at least one concept related to Piaget’s stages of cognitive development. The second Piaget stage of cognitive development is preoperational. In this stage, children associate certain objects or toys with specific words and images. When I was 6, in piano lessons, I had to learn the musical notes on the staff. I began to recognize that each time a music note was on the bottom line of the treble staff, it was an E.
  • Childhood: Emotional Development

    Emotional: How did family and friends/teachers describe you as a child? Was this the same or different from your infant temperament? As a child, my family and teachers would say that I was “destined to be a leader” because I was so stubborn. This is similar to my temperament as an infant where I refused to stop crying unless my parents were carrying me around.
  • Childhood: Cognitive Development

    Describe an experience that made you aware of a certain concept of intelligence. When I was in elementary school, I won first place in our school spelling bee even though I was only in the third grade. At the time, I thought this meant I was extremely intelligent but after reflecting I realize that the spelling bee only showcased my spelling ability and was not an accurate measurement of my overall intelligence.
  • Adolescence: Emotional Development

    How would Sternberg have described your most important relationship in adolescence? My most important relationship in my adolescence was with my family. I believe that Sternberg would have described this relationship as commitment.
  • Adolescence: Physical Development

    Did you enter puberty early or late to your peers and do you think that had any effect on you? I entered puberty later than my peers at the age of 12. I don’t think that had much effect on me, my friends just entered puberty extremely early.
  • Adolescence: Cognitive Development

    Provide an example from your life that demonstrates at least one concept related to Piaget’s stages of cognitive dev. The third Piaget stage of cognitive development is concrete operational. In this stage idealism decreases as we realize the constraints of the realistic world. This reminds me of when I went to Space Camp and I realized that just because I said I wanted to be an astronaut when I was younger doesn’t mean that I can just jump on a spaceship and go to the moon whenever I want to.
  • Adolescence: Physical Development

    Adolescence: Physical Development
    How often did you get physical exercise? What sort of activities did you do? What were your feelings regarding physical activity? I continued dancing through high school on a competitive level. I was also on my high school’s cheerleading team so I was getting physical exercise at least 5-6 days a week. At this point I loved exercising and feeling active and healthy in addition to the social aspect.
  • Adolescence: Physical Development

    Adolescence: Physical Development
    Revisit the 3 physical development post-its you created on exercise patterns. For each, create a new physical (motor) development post-it that describes which gross and / or fine motor skills you used for the activities you listed. A lot of what I mentioned previously for dancing will also transfer to cheerleading. Especially the fine motor skills for when we are performing stunts and have to make sure our hands are in the correct placements when lifting other girls.
  • Adulthood: Physical Development

    How often did you get physical exercise? What sort of activities did you do? What were your feelings regarding physical activity? Once I got to college I joined the army ROTC program at UAB and was doing PT / workouts 4-5 days a week. I enjoyed these a lot less. I think this is because I was used to a more interpretive way of expressing myself while exercising and ROTC had a very rigid structure.
  • Adulthood: Physical Development

    Revisit the 3 physical development post-its you created on exercise patterns. For each, create a new physical (motor) development post-it that describes which gross and / or fine motor skills you used for the activities you listed. For ROTC, gross motor skills were obvious in running, sit ups, and push-ups. Fine motor skills could be seen when lifting weights or doing pull ups because of our grasps with our fingers.
  • High School Graduation

    High School Graduation
  • Adulthood: Cognitive Development

    Provide an example from your life (tell a story) that demonstrates at least one concept related to Piaget’s stages of cognitive development. The fourth Piaget stage of cognitive development is formal operational. This involves the development of abstract thinking. Once I came to college I learned many different perspectives and formed many of my own new opinions. This was especially true in my philosophy and ethics courses.
  • Adulthood: Physical Development

    What is your current level of physical activity? How do you feel about it? Currently I am not active at all compared to what I used to be doing. I have quit the ROTC program at UAB, however I still feel as healthy as I did at that time.
  • Adulthood: Emotional Development

    Adulthood: Emotional Development
    Think of your closest relationship now, whether that’s a friend, family member or romantic partner. How would you describe the attachment style? My closest relationship now would be with my sorority sisters. This is a very secure attachment style. It is easy for me to connect with my sisters. Even if there is a sister I am not super close to, I am completely comfortable going to get lunch with them or studying with them in the library.
  • Adulthood: Emotional Development

    What classification of Sternberg’s relationship is most appropriate now? I would believe that commitment is still the most appropriate when describing my relationship with my family. This is especially true now that I have moved away from my family.