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  • The scientific study of emotional, physical, mental, and behavioral changes over a human's life span. The field of human development comprises various approaches and theories that attempt to explain universal truths of human development, as well as factors that can adversely affect normal human development from conception to death. The major human development theorists include Freud, Erikson, Pavlov, Skinner, Bandura, Piaget, and Vygotsky. Considered as an interaction of both physical and cognitive growth as well as personality and social development, human development is addressed from the biological, cognitive, personality, and social perspectives.

    The biological, or physical, perspective recognizes the influence of genes and physical conditions that affect development. This approach addresses the brain, nervous system, and other biological functions that affect behavior.

    The cognitive perspective recognizes the ...

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