My Virtual Child Psychology

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Through the psychologist report given to my virtual child, Anderson, I now understand the strong connection that parenting techniques can have in relation to the cognitive skills my child possesses. The results of the report indicated that Anderson was in the above average range in word reading, reading fluency, phonological awareness, and spelling. The verbal portion of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children revealed that my virtual child is also above average in information, vocabulary, similarities, and comprehension. This is due to his advancement in logical reasoning, analytical skills, and metalinguistic awareness (Santrock, 2016, p. 281). Anderson has always shown a passion for math so I was not surprised to find out that his …show more content…
The emphasis I placed on showing unconditional love to my child in his early years of development is one contributing factor to his high level of intelligence. Research shows that the more parents communicate and relay a sense of acceptance to their child, the higher the child’s IQ scores are (Santrock, 2016, p. 250). Anderson is likely gifted in math due to environmental factors such as strong family support and a stable home life. His high level of intelligence also correlates with his good behavior during the test and sustained attention because according to Santrock (2016), gifted children have less emotional and behavioral risks than children who are not gifted (p. 261). Due to these connections of affection with both intelligence and behavioral stability, I feel as if my parenting style benefitted Anderson in a positive way and allowed him to develop beyond his years. This relates to the behavioral and social cognitive theories and more closely to Skinner’s operant conditioning. Rewarding Anderson with warmth and affection throughout his course of development further encouraged his positive behaviors. This includes things like positive reinforcement after finishing his homework or behaving in a good manner when out in …show more content…
This too relates to the last theory in the sense that if a behavior followed by a rewarding stimulus is more likely to recur, the opposite is also true, a behavior followed by a punishing stimulus is less likely to recur (Santrock, 2016, p. 21). As a result of his high level of response to operant conditioning, Anderson presumably has a good autobiographical memory where he can retrieve past experiences in his life and learn from the outcomes of his actions (Santrock, 2016, p. 214). I believe that my authoritative parenting style of combining equal levels of affection with discipline has contributed to Anderson’s cognitive and behavioral

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