Infancy and Toddlerhood

  • Harlows Monkey Study

    Harlow’s Surrogate Study on Monkeys – Food or Security?

    One of the most interesting case studies done using primates is Harlow’s Surrogate Study. The results revolutionized our understanding of social relationships in early development. The goal of the experiment was to see if babies were attached to their mothers primarily because the mother was a source of food.   Dr. Harry Harlow and other social and cognitive psychologists argued this…

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  • Babies keeping the beat

    Why Babies Keep the Beat

    A new study suggests that babies are born with a keen, innate sense of rhythm. How can testing newborn beat perception help scientists track their development?

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  • Separation Anxiety

    The father leaves the room while his son is in the midst of playing with his toy. A woman, however, stays with the boy. She tries to give him toys but he looks away then cries hysterically. The boy is inconsolable until his father returns and picks him up. How does this video demonstrate separation anxiety?

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  • The Work of Dr.John Bowlby: Reassessed – Fathers’ Rights

    John Bowlbys research is described as making strong contributions to the area of developmental psychology. Criticisms of his work are also given. What were some of John Bowlbys contributions to the area of developmental psychology? Why did scholars criticize Bowlbys 1951 report on children in Europe? Why was attachment theory embraced in academic psychology? What were Rutters four rules?

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  • Ainsworth Attachment Theory

    In this comedic attempt to depict attachment theory and behavior patterns, a grown man acts as a baby. Two women play the mother and stranger, respectively. The scenarios include a demonstration of a child with a secure attachment, avoidant attachment, and ambivalent attachment. What are the three patterns of attachment demonstrated in the video? Are the patterns of attachment accurate…

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  • Sensorimotor, Object Perminence

    This video discusses the sensorimotor stage and the development of object permanence the concept that objects in the environment are permanent and do not cease to exist when they are out of reach or out of view. What are the six stages in the development of sensorimotor causality?

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  • Human Calculator in Training The Math Baby Genius

    Anthony is a 13 month old infant who has seen a series of cards with dots upon them. He appears to demonstrate simple arithmetic (or counting) by being able to discriminate between rather close numbers of dots. Do you believe the infant is doing simple arithmetic or is this a modern version of Clever Hans? Is there an alternative explanation…

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  • Fine Motor Skills for Children

    A mother leads her daughter in song, chant, and dance. Different fingers, thumbs, and body parts are used for the songs. What benefits could children receive from practicing fine and gross motor movements? If there were a Tommy Thumb video series would you buy it for your child? Why or why not?

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  • Piagets Cognitive Stages of Development

    Piaget’s Cognitive Stages of Development provide a framework for understanding how children’s thinking and learning abilities evolve as they grow. Jean Piaget, a renowned Swiss psychologist, developed these stages based on his extensive research in child psychology. This guide highlights the four key stages of Piaget’s cognitive development theory, offering insights into how children process information and learn new skills.…

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