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.
Chapter 1.2: Developmental Psychology and Related Disciplines/Theories
Developmental Psychology and Related Disciplines/Theories
Since humans are biological creatures there is an inevitable overlap between physical functioning and the developmental process. For example it looks at heredity, genes, embryology and pre-natal development. The link between the two areas is evident in the apparent interaction between biological/physical development and childhood growth, and explicit links can be seen in the sections on physical/motor development and on the influences of biology/heredity on behaviour.
Cognitive psychology deals with topics such as perception, memory attention, language and thinking/decision-making. Most critically it is based on the idea that we are like a computer when processing information and have input, storage and retrieval functions. Experimental cognitive psychology presumes that cognitive processes can be tested using empirical (scientific) ...