Discussion Spark

Read the Discussion Spark topic/question or comment posted by your Instructor on Day 1 in the Discussion Spark thread for this week.

By Day 2

Post a 1- to 2-paragraph response to the Discussion Spark.

By Day 3

Main Discussion

The scientific study of psychology includes different levels of analysis or differing complementary perspectives. When you reflect on the major psychological perspectives described in the course text, you see that some have more of a social component, while others have more of a biological component. Psychologists attempt to take all these perspectives into consideration by analyzing human behavior from different levels of analyses. Each perspective provides valuable insight into what makes up each unique individual. For this week’s Discussion, you will analyze an individual from a variety of perspectives.

Think about someone you know in one of the age groups listed below. Be sure to pick an age group that is different from your chosen case study individual.

  • Young child
  • Adolescent
  • Older adult

Post a response to the following:

Explain how the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social developmental concepts you learned about this week apply to the person you have in mind. (To protect the identity of your chosen individual, use a pseudonym.) Include a discussion of at least one physical, one cognitive, and one social and emotional concept in your response. How have nature (genetic predispositions) and nurture (environment or experience) contributed to this person’s development? Support your assignment post with at least one reference (textbook or other scholarly, empirical resources).

By Day 5

Response instructions:

Support your reply to a colleagues’ assignment post with at least one reference (textbook or other scholarly, empirical resources). You may state your opinion and/or provide personal examples; however, you must also back up your assertions with evidence (including in-text citations) from the source and provide a reference.

Respond in one or more of the following ways: