David Myers acknowledges that the pattern of development is complex because it is the product of several processes of the journey through life from womb to tomb. Although development runs parallel with chronological age, age itself cannot cause development. Human development is marked by three major processes biological, cognitive and socioemotional and the changes that occur through these processes. Physical development has to do with the way the human body develops over a lifespan. According to Santrock (2006) biological processes produce changes in an individual’s physical nature, inherited genes, the development of the brain, height, weight gains, changes in motor skills, among others reflect the role of biological processes in development. Cognitive processes involve changes in an individual’s thinking, intelligence, and language. Socioemotional processes involve changes in the child’s relationships with other people, changes in emotion, and changes in personality. Biological, cognitive, and socioemotional processes are interlinked. Socioemotional processes can shape cognitive processes, cognitive processes can promote or restrict socioemotional processes, and biological processes can influence cognitive processes. The family member whom I will be discussing in terms of how biological, cognitive and socio emotional processes interact is my recently late grandmother Juanita Fortune Turpin December 24th 1924- September 16th 2010. My grandmother was the clear example of “if you don’t use it you will lose it”. She was retired and spent most of her time at home. The first most apparent signs of physical changes in her late adulthood were the grey hair, wrinkles, decline in vision and hearing among other typical signs. Specifically, she began to experience a medical condition called arthritis. Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints accompanied by pains, stiffness and movement. She no longer could go and do things as she accustom because she no longer had the...
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