A Beginner’s Guide To Developmental Psychology

Developmental psychology is the branch of psychology concerned with scientifically studying how and why human beings change over the course of their lives. Though it was initially just concerned with infants and children, it is a field that today accommodates adolescence, adult development, and aging.

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A developmental psychologist is concerned with understanding and explaining how our feelings, thought, and behaviors change as we live our lives. In other words, this field of scientific study focuses on a human being’s physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development.

There are many facets involved in the three dimensions mentioned above, from moral understanding and the acquisition of language to our self-concept and identity formation. As the field expanded, developmental psychologists incorporated different processes and nuances of cultures all over the world: how nature and nurture make us who we are based on our contexts and milieus.

It is not a field that exists in a vacuum; developmental psychology complements and involves a wide array of related fields, from child development and cultural psychology to forensic and cognitive psychology. Some of the most renowned names in the history of psychology are developmental psychologists. These include Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, and Sigmund Freud.

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Retired professor Dr. Wayne Imber taught psychology in many schools in Arizona, Chicago, and Massachusetts for over 30years. His emphasis was social psychology and developmental psychology. For related reads, visit this blog.

The Fascinating World Of Developmental Psychology

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Psychology has always been an intriguing subject. It explains how people are the way they are on a cognitive level. Developmental psychology, a branch of the field, deals with the ways and the reasons people change over their lifetime, from infancy and childhood, to adolescence, adulthood, and old age.

There are three major aspects to personal change. There are the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development. Under these three dimensions, there are several topics such as executive functions, motor skills, moral understanding, social change, personality, language acquisition, emotional growth, self-concept, and identity formation.

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A huge part of developmental psychology is the analysis of the respective influence of nature and nurture on human development. This is tied to the processes of human development, as a person changes over time. The main interacting sections of a human being occur among his characteristics, behavior, and surroundings.

There is quite a number of subfields in developmental psychology. A few examples of these are educational psychology, child psychopathology, child development, cultural psychology, ecological psychology, cognitive psychology, and forensic developmental psychology.

One of the most famous psychologists of all time was a developmental psychologist at heart – Sigmund Freud. He would lead the notable names in the discipline throughout history.

Hi there, I’m Dr. Wayne Imber. I am a professor of psychology and used to teach in Arizona, Chicago, and Massachusetts. Read more about psychology from my Google+ page.