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Developmental Psychology Overview:

Developmental Psychology examines human growth and change throughout the lifespan. The emphasis is on describing and explaining the biological and social/environmental factors that influence developmental change in infants children and adolescents, as well as in adults and the elderly. Topics typically covered include physical and neurological development, cognitive intellectual and language development, and social and emotional development.

Developmental - Child

Developmental - Life-Span

The premise of life-span development is that development doesnít stop at adolescence, but continues throughout life. In addition to exploring the nature of physical, cognitive, and social development from infancy through adolescence, it includes a look at changes in these same areas throughout the adult years.

Developmental - Gerontology

Gerontology is the study of aging and older adults from a number of different perspectives, including Anthropology, Biology, Nursing, Psychology, and Sociology. The concentration is meant to prepare students for employment and/or graduate study in a world where over 25% of the population will soon be over 65. The gerontology concentration in Psychology consists of three courses which examine the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of adult development and aging. Normal and abnormal aging are examined with special attention to Alzheimerís disease and other forms of dementia (in PSYC 2124). This concentration places special emphasis on the older adultís role in the work place and in retirement (in PSYC 3125). Specific topics for the Senior Seminar (PSYC 3625) vary from year to year and students should consult the seminar instructor for further information.

The Department of Psychology is located in:
Colvard 4018
Ph: 704.687.4731
Fx: 704.687.3096


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