Developmental Life Span

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  • Germinal period

  • Embryonic Period

  • Fetal Period

  • Age of viability

  • Stage One of Sensorimotor Intelligence

  • Stage 2 of Sensorimotor Intelligence

  • Social Smile Develops

  • Stage three of Sensorimotor Intelligence

  • Developing gross motor skils

  • Language areas start developing most rapidly

  • Develop fine motor skills

  • Stage Four of Sensorimotor Intelligence

  • Oral Stage / Trust vs. Mistrust

  • First spoken recognizable words

  • Stage Six of Sensorimotor Intelligence

  • Transient exuberance

  • Stage Five of Sensorimotor Intelligence

  • Multiword sentences

  • Social referencing

    Seeking information about how to react to an unfamiliar object or event by observing someone else's expressions and reactions
  • Preoperational Intelligence

    piaget's term for cognitive development
  • Anal Stage/Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt

  • Ability to comprehend numbers

    as well as store memories and know routines.
  • Concrete operational thought

    Piaget: Egocentrism diminishes and logic begins.
  • Bullying begins

    14% of children said they were victims "now and then", 10% admitted to deliberately hurt other children.
  • Industry vs. Inferiority

    Erikson's crisis when children busily try to master whatever their culture values.
  • Phallic Stage / Initiative vs. Guilt

  • Good time to start learning another language

    Children 7-11 are eager to communicate, are logical, and have an ear and brain for nuances of code and pronunciation.
  • social comparison

    Middle Childhood - Comparing one's self with other people even when no one else explicitly makes the comparison
  • Latency

    Freuds term time when emotional drives are quiet.
  • Effortful control

    School age children modiftying impulses and emotions.
  • Religious belief

    Religious beliefs become useful for children to cope with their problems.
  • Deviancy training

    When children show eachother how to avoid adult restrictions
  • Children demand more of their friends

    Most children now know how to be a good friend.
  • Self-Concept

    Most 10 year olds thought they knew themselves better than their parents or teacehers - bringing self-understanding and self-awareness.
  • Sexual abuse is common

    Sexual abuse is more common between the ages of 10 and 15.
  • Formal Operational thought

    Piaget - by age 10 at the end of the concrete operational stage, formal operational thought beings.
  • Secondary Education begins

  • Onset of puberty

    Usually begins around age 11 or 12
  • Imaginary audience

    In an adolescent's egocentric belief, people are watching and judging his or her appearance, ideas and behavior.
  • College course influence

    College-prep courses versus basic level courses are strongly influenced by experience in grades 6-8.
  • Body image

    A person's idea of how his or her body looks beings to develop.
  • Genital Stage / Identity vs. Role confusion

  • Hypothetical thought begins

    What-if propositions being considered
  • Menarche

    Median age of begining of menstruation
  • Deductive reasoning begins

    Reasoning from a general statement, premise or principle through logical steps to figure out specifics.
  • Ethnic/Political identity peaks

    Identifying with a particular political party.
  • Ability to decide whether or not to drop out of school

  • Most people lose their virginity at age 17

  • Close friendships begin.

  • Intimacy vs. Isolation

  • Most adolescents try drugs

    Most adolescents try drugs before the age of 18.
  • Emotional Maturity

    Emotional maturity increases and egocentrism decreases, which brings some appreciation of their parents.
  • Emerging adulthood beings

    through ages 18-25
  • Begin peak sexual desire

  • Begin to take on many different jobs

    Many jobs are taken between 18 and 25 as few are sure of their career identity.
  • Nearsightedness increases gradually

    beginning at age 20
  • Intelligence increases

    for gifted individuals between ages 20 and 50.
  • Begin gaining more fat and muscle

  • Brain slowdown begins

  • Identity vs. Role confusion

    Around the time Eriksn's fifth stage may require reassessment.
  • IQ peaks at age 21

  • Identity crisis can continue

    Identity crisis can continue into adulthood although most people achieve identity by the end of adolescence, Erikson thought.
  • Intimacy vs. Isolation

  • Vocational Identity beings

    Post-poned till age 25 for reasons of harmful adolescent employment, less likely to take drugs, and adults contributing to adults in a rich social network.
  • Anxiety disorders decrease

    Most anxiety disorders are prevalent below the age of 25.
  • More need for exercise

    beginning after age 25.
  • More likley to be pleased with their marriage

    Ages 25 to 40 are most likely to be pleased with their marriages than are adults at other ages.
  • Decline in brain abilities.

    adults experience a shallow decline in abilities dependent on the brain at about age 30, even if they are not overtired, sick, stressed, or drugged.
  • Muscle fibers start to disappear

  • Suggested conception before age 30

  • First births begin

    typically after age 30 are common today.
  • Empty Nest may happen.

    When the chldren have gone, the time in the lives of parents to, again, pursue their own lives.
  • Generativity vs. Stagnation

  • Peak intellectual ability

    between age 40 and 60.
  • Midlife crisis expected

    Period of unusual anxiety radical reexamination, and sudden transformation that is widely associated with middle age.
  • More happy and successful than predicted

    By age 40 most marriages were happier than predicted.
  • Average commencement of menopause

    Between ages 42-58 ovulation and menstruation stop because of a marked decrease in production of several hormones.
  • Gender convergence

    By age 42, men become less aggressive and more conforming while the opposite was true for women.
  • Begin highest household income

    at ages 45-54
  • Around the age when people start to retire

  • All faces are wrinkled

    by the age of 60
  • Presbycusis

    Loss of hearing starts to occur
  • Brain's electrical activity is reduced

    Which means less deep sleep, more half awake time, and shorter dreams.
  • Notable height loss

  • Begin caregiving and care receiving.

    People over 65 are often both.
  • Most people live with a spouse.

  • Five primal mental abilities begin to fall

    verbal meaning, spatial orientation, inductive reasoning, number ability, word fluency.
  • Most people are grandparents

  • Practical intelligence begins to decline

  • Most cases of Alzheimer's begin

  • Cognitive decline begins

  • Average life expectancy - 81 years for women.

    75 years for men.
  • Five stages of Kubler-Ross's stages of emotional dying

    1. Denial
    2. Anger
    3. Bargaining
    4. Depression
    5. Acceptance
    These stages begin when a person is starting to die, or when a someone realizes a loved one has or is going to die.
  • Good death or Bad death