Psychology Over the Life Span Growing Up, Growing Older, Growing Wiser
Having Children Do you want to have children some day? Why or why not? What are some reasons why people would or wouldn’t want kids?
Getting a Start in Life Gametes Sperm Egg Chromosomes XX = female XY = male Review DNA exists as two long, paired strands spiraled into the famous double helix. The 3 billion base pairs are organized into 23 pairs of chromosomes (one set of pair inherited from the mother and one from the father).
Stages of Developmentin the Womb Trimesters Zygote A fertilized egg Embryo 2 weeks to 8 weeks after conception Fetus 8 weeks until birth
Teratogens Maternal illness Chicken pox, rubella, HIV Alcohol and drugs Alcohol, heroin, cocaine Caffeine and smoking Diet and pollution Malnutrition Too much methymercury-contain fish (such as tuna) Maternal stressors
Adolescence: Physical developmentPuberty What are some of physical changes that boys and girls experience during adolescence? Boys and girls experience puberty earlier than in the past. Impact? How do the changes influence them psychologically? Is early versus late puberty a good or bad thing? Does it vary by gender?
What Behaviors Characterized the Social and Emotional Development of Adolescents? Conflicts with parents Most frequent in early adolescence Most intense in mid-adolescence Mood swings Depression Loneliness Suicide Risk taking Peer relationships
Adolescence Do adolescents have more problems than younger kids and older young adults? Is it worse for boys or girls? Do they cope differently? Do parents have different dating rules for boys or girls? Why or why not?
Adulthood and Aging The changing body Genes Environment Menopause (for women)
Adulthood and Aging Perception Cataracts Hearing Smell Memory Recall of specific episodic memories Working memory
Adulthood and Aging Intelligence and specific abilities Fluid intelligence Crystallized intelligence
Euthanasia Jack Kevorkianis an American pathologist, who is most noted for publicly championing a terminal patient's right to die via physician-assisted suicide; This is active euthanasia (i.e., active steps are taken to short the person’s life). Terri Schiavosuffered brain damage and became dependent on a feeding tube. In 1998, Michael Schiavo, her husband and guardian, petitioned the Pinellas County Circuit Court to remove her feeding tube. Removing the feeding tube would be passive euthanasia (i.e., steps are not taken to keep the person alive). Is passive or active euthanasia every justified? If so, under what circumstances? What moral issues does passive or active euthanasia raise? Are any abuses possible?