Developmental Psychology provides student readers with essential help in all aspects of their first course in developmental psychology, including advice on revising exams, preparing and writing course assessment materials, and enhancing and progressing their knowledge and skills in line with course requirements on a developmental psychology course.

Physical/Motor Development

Physical/motor development

Core Areas

  • Apgar score
  • Brain
  • Cephalocaudal development
  • Genotype
  • Glia
  • Growth hormone
  • Maturation
  • Motor development
  • Muscular development
  • Myelinisation
  • Nervous system
  • Physical development
  • Pincer grip
  • Proximodistal development
  • Puberty
  • Skeletal development
  • Ulnar grasp

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section you should be able to:

  • define and understand the terms above;
  • outline the key areas of physical development that undergo change during the lifespan including height and weight, skeletal and muscular development, changes to the brain and nervous system and those that occur at the time of puberty;
  • identify the changes that occur in motor ability throughout the lifespan including pre-natally;
  • identify research to support these changes;
  • acknowledge the role of emotional factors in these areas of development and the individual nature of such changes.

Running Themes

  • Cognitive-developmental viewpoint
  • Connectionist approach
  • Ethology
  • Nature
  • Nurture
  • Stage theory of development
  • Transformational change
  • Variational change


The rate of maturation is an inheritable characteristic and development will also be influenced by our ...

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