PSYC 1001 Week 4: Human Development, Motivation, and Emotion
Understanding human development, motivation, and emotion is a complex task that psychologists undertake. This week’s focus is on exploring the lifelong process of human development, the influence of nature and nurture, and the various factors that shape motivation and emotion. By analyzing these aspects, we can gain valuable insights into what makes each individual unique.
PSYC 1001 Week 4: Human Development, Motivation, and Emotion Learning Objectives:
- Compare and contrast the influence of nature and nurture on human development.
- Identify physical, cognitive, and social milestones in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.
- Identify stages of prenatal development.
- Identify different approaches to motivation.
- Recognize the factors underlying basic human needs.
- Apply theories of human emotions to the human experience.
Feldman, R. (2012). Psychology and your life (2nd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
- Chapter 7, “Motivation and Emotion”
- Chapter 8, “Development”
- Case Study Project Resources:
- Laureate Education (Producer). (2015a). Introduction to psychology interactive case study [Multimedia file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
- Document: Final Project Example (PDF)
- Document: Final Project Template (Word Document)
PSYC 1001 Week 4: Human Development, Motivation, and Emotion Optional Resource:
Pink, D. (2009, July). The puzzle of motivation. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation
Discussion: Human Development
PSYC 1001 Week 4: Human Development, Motivation, and Emotion Discussion Spark:
Reflect on the major psychological perspectives described in the course text, which include social and biological components. Psychologists analyze human behavior from different levels of analyses, considering all these perspectives. In this discussion, you will analyze an individual from various perspectives.
- Choose an individual from one of the following age groups: young child, adolescent, or older adult (different from your chosen case study individual).
- Explain how the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social developmental concepts discussed this week apply to this person. Use a pseudonym to protect the individual’s identity.
- Discuss at least one physical, one cognitive, and one social and emotional concept in your response.
- Analyze how nature (genetic predispositions) and nurture (environment or experience) have contributed to this person’s development.
- Support your post with at least one reference from the textbook or other scholarly, empirical resources.
PSYC 1001 Week 4: Human Development, Motivation, and Emotion Response Instructions:
- Support your reply to a colleague’s post with at least one reference from the textbook or other scholarly, empirical resources.
- Provide additional insights, perspectives, or supporting information.
- Engage in respectful discussion, even if you disagree, and back up your perspective with evidence and references.
Test for Understanding:
Complete the Test for Understanding to assess your comprehension and application of the learning resources for this week. The test has a time limit of 40 minutes and consists of 20 questions. Assignment: Case Study Project—Human Development, Motivation, and Emotion:
Continue working on your case study project, applying the concepts of human development, motivation, and emotion to your chosen case study. Refer to the provided resources, including the Interactive Case Study media, Final Project Example document, and Final Project Template, for guidance. Remember to ensure that all writing is original and avoid copying any text from the example document.
PSYC 1001 Week 4: Human Development, Motivation, and Emotion Week in Review:
This week focused on human development, motivation, and emotion. You explored the influence of nature and nurture, identified developmental milestones, and examined theories of motivation and emotion. In the next week, the focus will shift to personality and social psychology.