The study of how and why people change over the course of their lives/life span is referred to as Developmental Psychology.
Developmental Psychologists want to learn about the changes in an individual’s thoughts, emotions and behavior (in essence one’s attitude) as one ages.
In addition, researchers are interested in understanding individual differences in development. Questions to ponder on include: -To what extent and for what reasons has your own development differed from that of your friends or your siblings? -Why does the course of a person’s development sometimes suddenly change direction?
Topic: Lifespan development
1. Kohlberg’s theory of moral development
2. Erik Erickson’s theory of psychosocial development
3. Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
4. Sigmund’s Freud’s theory of psychosexual development
You are asked to reflect on your personal life experiences and use ONE (1) psychological concept/theory to explain those life experiences.
A. This entry requires you to: A. Select ONE (1) of the developmental theories listed above from Lifespan Development and concisely explain each of the stages of that particular theory. (15marks)
B. Reflect on your developmental experiences up to this point and explain how the theory you chose in PART A of the question can be used to explain your development. Use examples to clearly illustrate your points.