Lifespan Development and Personality Paper

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Lifespan Development and Personality Paper
Soni Nijjar
University of Phoenix

Lifespan Development and Personality Paper
Psychology addresses various aspects of human development, such as biological, cognitive, and psychosocial. Biological development includes bodily changes, maturation, and growth. Mental processes of knowing, which includes imagining, perceiving, reasoning, and problem solving comes in cognitive development. Psychosocial holds the process of emotions, personality, and social interactions and expectations. These developments take place from birth through the life span. One of the stages of development as this paper will focus on is childhood (ages 3-12).

In childhood, physical development holds three different stages, early childhood (ages 2-6), middle childhood (ages 7-9), and late childhood (ages 10-12). In early childhood, the brain develops faster than any other body part attaining 90% of its adult weight by age 5. Physical strength increases and body weight becomes more adult-like. Athletic skills improve dramatically in early childhood, such as running and jumping. Tiger wood is the best golfer in the world because his father started teaching him how to golf when he was a year old. However, the fine motor skills, drawing and writing, develop slowly. The child starts to understand the gender differences. In middle childhood, brain and physical growth slows, but height grows. Athletic and fine motor skills become more advanced. Puberty begins with rising hormone levels in late childhood. Gender specific physical changes appear, such as enlargement of breasts in girls and testes in boys. In physical maturation, on average, boys lag 2 years behind girls. Variations in onset of puberty impact personality development.

Cognitive development is the mental process of knowing. Children learn how to use words and symbols. Children’s language ability develops rapidly, learning...
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