Ψ The scientific study of human development is the science that seeks to understand how & why people change, and how & why they stay the same, as they grow older.
Ψ The life-span perspective is a view of human development that takes into account all phases of life, not just childhood or adulthood.
• Multidirectional - change is not always linear.
• Multicontextual - embedded in many contexts.
• Multidisciplinary - Studied by everyone.
Biosocial - The part of human development that includes physical growth and development as well as the family, community, & cultural factors that affect that growth & development.
Cognitive - The part of human development that includes all the mental processes through which an individual thinks, learns, & communicates, plus the institutions involved in learning and communicating.
Psychosocial - The part of human development that includes emotions, personality, & relationships with other people. This domain also includes the larger community & the culture.
• Plastic - Human traits can be changed (molded as plastic can be), yet people maintain a certain durability of identity (also like plastic, which takes a long time to disintegrate).