PSY 201 Version 4 – Developmental Stages Matrix

 

Developmental Stages Matrix

 

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Complete the matrix by listing out the various changes in each age group.

 

Developmental Stage

Physical changes

Cognitive changes

Socioemotional changes

Infancy    

Early Childhood    Middle Childhood

 Nature, Nurture or an Interaction?

 

For the following examples, decide whether the situation is a result of nature, nurture, or an interaction of the two. Explain your reasoning.

 Peter

 

Peter, a 2-year-old only child, displays a bad temper by running to his room and slamming the door when he is angry.

 

Is this nature, nurture, or an interaction?

  

 

 

Justify your answer:

  

 

 

 

Amelia

 

Amelia receives high marks in math. Amelia’s mother is surprised because she never did well in math.

 

Is this nature, nurture, or an interaction?

  

 

 

Justify your answer:

  

 

 

 

Chauncey

 

Chauncey almost drowned in the pool when he was 5-years old. Susequently. He is afraid to go swimming years after the experience.

 

Is this nature, nurture, or an interaction?

  

 

 

Justify your answer:

  

 

 

 

Moriah

 

Moriah was born with Down Syndrome (Trisomy-21).

 

Is this nature, nurture, or an interaction?

  

 

 

Justify your answer:

  

 

 

 

Patrick and Erick

 

Patrick and Erick are identical twins. They were separated at birth, but then were reunited while in elementary school. Interestingly enough, they are both very talented in soccer.

 

Is this nature, nurture, or an interaction?

  

 

 

Justify your answer: