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Child Development
the field that involves the scientific study of the patterns of growth, change, and stability that occur from conception through adolescence
Physical Development
Development involving the body's physical makeup, including the brain, nervous system, muscles, and senses and the need for food, drink, and sleep
Cognitive Development
Development involving the ways that growth and change in intellectual capabilities influence a person's behavior
Personality Development
Development involving the ways that the enduring characteristics that differtiate one person from another change over the life span
Social Development
The way in which individuals' interactions with others and their social relationships grow, change, and remain stable over the course of life
A group of people born at around the same time in the same place
Continuous Change
Gradual development in which achievements at one level build on those of previous levels
Discontinuous Change
Development that occurs in distinct steps or stages, with each stage bringing about behavior that is assumed to be qualitatively different from behavior at earlier stages
Critical Period
A specific time during development when a particular event has its greatest consequences
The degree to which a developing behavior or physical structure is modifiable
Sensitive Period
A specific time when organisms are particularly susceptible to certain kinds of stimuli in their environment
The process of the predetermined unfolding of genetic information