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WHAT IS DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY?
Developmental psychology is
interested in how people develop
over their life time. More specifically
they often concentrate on the
development of cognitive functions
such as logic and morals.…read more

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ASSUMPTIONS
Our experiences in
childhood coupled
Children are
with our genetics
psychologically
determine our later
different to adults
personality as an
adult
E.g. Jean Piaget
Some psychologists believed that
suggest that children's reasoning
psychological and moral
development occurs development
in stages progressed in age
related stages.…read more

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May not have Easily
vocab to influenced
express by others
answers
Might not take
study Long-lasting
psychological
seriously and effects
treat it as a Difficult to
game get children
to focus on a
task
More
susceptible to
Don't
Difficulties demand
understand characteristics
they can in studying
children Children may
withdraw be distressed
or frustrated
They don't by task
May not give consent,
understand parents do or
task they may be
instructions- unable to give Not used to
may lack face informed strange
validity consent environment
e.g. Lab…read more

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STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
Strengths Weaknesses
· Furthered our understanding of the · Have to study children (Bandura)-
causes of behaviour (Behaviourist raises ethical issues
perspective) · Practical problems of studying
· Studies cognitive development not children e.g. lack of ecological
just physiological (Samuel and validity due to strange environment
Bryant) (Samuel and Bryant)
· Highlighted the fact that children · Problems with case study method
and adults are cognitively different (Freud) e.g. leading questions- leads
(Samuel and Bryant). This has had to challenging validity of findings
implications for the way society
treats children, in particular on the
way we teach children in schools
· Often uses case study method to
investigate development (Freud)
which produces rich data and trust
in the researcher that can lead to
increased validity of findings.…read more

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SAMUEL AND BRYANT VS. BANDURA
Similarities Differences
Bandura…read more

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