Lifespan Perspective of Human Developmental Psychology

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This week I learned quite a bit about the lifespan perspective of human developmental psychology. I took this class as part of my associate degree, but this week has given me a lot of new information that I didn’t get in the first class. Of particular interest to me was the understanding of critical periods and domains within the field of lifespan development. I had never thought of differentiating human development into the separate domains of cognitive, social, and physical. They seem so interconnected that to think of them separately is almost a misnomer. For instance, the psychological and physiological changes that happen to humans during puberty work hand in hand. I had never thought of the physical changes that bring about hormonal shifts as separate from the psychological representation of attraction to the opposite sex. Likewise, I had studied critical periods before, but the lifespan perspective talks about critical periods throughout my lifetime. I already knew that there were critical periods of learning when it came to language or writing, but I had never thought of critical periods to having children or accomplishing career goals. I suppose there are some limitations, both physiological and psychological, to the time in which a person can have children. Lastly, I was fascinated by the idea that there could actually be a lifespan perspective “theory of everything”. The eclectic movement within the LSP looks to be moving towards a more comprehensive theory of human development.

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Boyd, D. and Bee, H. (2006). Lifespan development (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Allyn Bacon.

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