GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Psychology Lifespan Development-Physical and Motor Study Material (Page 1 of 4)

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Developmental Psychology: Heredity, Early Development


Physiological Development

  • Development corresponds to biogenetic law, which is the principle that states that the development of everyone recapitulates the evolution of the species. Stated another way, ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.
  • Development is a continuous process that begins at conception. The sperm cell from the father penetrates the wall of the ovum, or egg, from the mother. Immediately the process of mitosis, or cell division, begin…

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Developmental Psychology: Perceptual Development, Motor Development


Perceptual Development

  • In circumstances in which the mother is the primary caretaker, the mother՚s face is a primary organizer of the infant՚s perceptual experience. By four weeks, the infant can follow the mother՚s face with its eyes. By two months, the child will smile when a face (or even a mask resembling a face) is presented. Social smiling to any human face continues until around…

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