Developmental Psychology Notebook Assignment Questions - Semester One 2018-19

Notebook Assignment #1 (Assigned 9/11/18 )

Read pages 7-13 (Why Study Psychology?) in your text.  Answer the questions listed below.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely.  This assignment is due on 9/12/18.

  1. Define the following: physiological, cognitive, psychology, hypothesis, theory, basic science, applied science, and scientific method
  2. Name and describe each of the four goals of psychology.
  3. Why do psychologists use the scientific method?
  4. How might a psychologist doing basic science and a psychologist practicing applied science differ in their approach to the issue of “Internet addiction”?
  5. You have developed a hypothesis that gray cars and tan cars are more likely to be sideswiped than other colors of cars.  How would you test this hypothesis?

Notebook Assignment #2 (Assigned 9/13/18 )

Read pages 14-22 (A Brief History of Psychology) in your text.  Answer the questions listed below.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely.  This assignment is due on 9/17/18.

  1. Define the following: structuralist, introspection, functionalist, psychoanalyst, behaviorist, humanist, cognitivist, psychobiologist
  2. If phrenology had been proven to be accurate, how might it have been used to predict human behavior?
  3. Why did the Greeks think the heart was more important than the mind?
  4. How can social psychologists use other psychological approaches to help resolve cultural or ethnic conflicts?
  5. Focus for one minute on exactly what you are doing.  Write a complete description of your thought processes.

Psychology—Notebook Assignment #3 (Assigned 9/25/18)

 Read pages 35-41 (What Is Research?) in your text.  Answer the questions listed below.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely.  This assignment is due on 9/26/18.

  1. Define the following: sample, naturalistic observation, case study, survey, logitudinal study, cross-sectional study, correlation, hypothesis, variable, experimental group, control group
  2. What pre-research decisions do psychologists make?
  3. What are two ways to avaid a nonrepresentative sample?
  4. Why do psychologists use naturalistic observations?
  5. What kind of study uses diaries, tests, and interviews to intensively study a person or group?
  6. What types of data are most easily gathered through surveys?
  7. What is the difference between longitudinal and cross-sectional studies?
  8. What is the difference between a positive and negative correlation?
  9. How does a psychologist use an independent variable in an experiment?
  10. What types of ethical principles govern psychological research?

Psychology—Notebook Assignment #4 (Assigned 9/27/18 )

Read pages 42-45 (Problems and Solutions in Research) in your text.  Answer the questions listed below.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely.  This assignment is due on 10/1/18.

  1. Define the following: self-fulfilling prophecy, single-blind experiment, double-blind experiment, placebo effect
  2. Describe a time when your behavior influenced the behavior of someone else.
  3. How may a participant’s expectations affect the results of an experiment?
  4. Why do you think some psychologists considered Milgram’s experiment unethical?
  5. Explain how the placebo effect works.

Psychology—Notebook Assignment #5 (Assigned 10/3/18)

Essay Question:

In 100-150 words, answer each of the following questions and defend your answer with examples.  This is due on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

  1. What makes us human?
  2. How are we different from all other species of life on the planet?
  3. What makes you uniquely different from others?

Develomental Psychology—Notebook Assignment #6 (Assigned 10/8/18 )

Read pages 61-68 (Physical, Perceptual, and Language Development) in your text.  Answer the questions listed below.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely.  This assignment is due on 10/10/18.

  1. Define the following: developmental psychology, grasping reflex, rooting reflex, maturation, telegraphic speech
  2. In what period of life do humans change the fastest and learn the most?
  3. What do developmental psychologists study?
  4. What are the two views of how behaviors develop?
  5. What innate capacities do newborns have?
  6. How do psychologists measure the capabilities of newborns?
  7. What processes occur during the first years of life that enable a child to expand his or her skills?
  8. Why should parents not waste time trying to coach an infant to learn new skills before he or she is ready?
  9. What perceptual abilities do newborns and infants have?
  10. What are the two primary components of language development?
  11. What are the basic stages in the development of language?

Developmental Psychology—Notebook Assignment #7 (Assigned 10/17/18 )

Read pages 70-77 (Cognitive and Emotional Development) in your text.  Answer the questions listed below.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely.  This assignment is due on 10/22/18.

  1. Define the following: schema, assimilation, accommodation, object permanence, representational thought, conservation, egocentric, imprinting, critical period
  2. What two factors are involved in intellectual development?
  3. When an object or event does not fit into our preexisting schemas, what two options do we have?
  4. How do infants treat objects they cannot see?  When does this treatment change?
  5. How are object permanence and represenational thought related?
  6. At what age do children begin to understand the principle of conservation?
  7. What are the four stages of cognitive development identified by Jean Piaget?
  8. Who discovered that some animals become attached to their mothers by a process called imprinting?
  9. Why is attachment important?
  10. What did Henry Harlow conclude about his study of monkeys?
  11. What two types of anxiety are common to infants during the attachment period?

Developmental Psychology—Notebook Assignment #8 (Assigned 10/25/18 )

In 100-150 words, answer each of the following question and defend your answer with examples.  This is due on Monday, October 29, 2018.

Describe your parent’s parenting style.  How do you feel the way in which they raised you affects your behavior today?

Developmental Psychology—Notebook Assignment #9 (Assigned 10/30/18 )

Moral Dilemma - Given your randomly assigned moral dilemma, read the dilemma and describe what you would do if placed into this situation.  In your writing be sure to EXPLAIN why you would act the way you would.  Also, try to consider what other viewpoints may be taken on your dilemma’s issue.  Be prepared to share and defend your responses in class as well as share opposing viewpoints..  This is due on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Developmental Psychology—Notebook Assignment #10 (Assigned 11/7/18)

Read pages 93-99 (Physical and Sexual Development) in your text.  Answer the questions listed below.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely.  This assignment is due on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

  1. Define the following: initiation rites, puberty, menarche, spermarche, asynchrony
  2. What are some things that you believe distinguish a child from an adolescent?  In other words, explain how you knew you were no longer a child.  Provide some specific examples.   
  3. What are some things that you believe distinguish an adolescent from an adult? In other words, what things make you aware you are a no longer an adolescent and are considered an adult.  Provide some specific examples.
  4. What is adolescence?
  5. In many cultures and societies, what marks the admission into adulthood?
  6. How did G. Stanley Hall characterize adolescence?
  7. What influenced Margaret Mead to disagree with Hall’s view?
  8. List three of the developmental tasks that adolescents must master.
  9. What biological event marks the end of childhood?
  10. How do adolescents develop physically during this period?
  11. How do individual growth differences affect an adolescent’s personality?
  12. What behavioral changes accompany sexual maturation?
  13. What do studies indicate about the children of teenage mothers?
  14. What fears affect sexual behavior?


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