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Lifespan Development Topic One

Below is a list of options from which you are to select a topic for the
Week Two assignment. These same topics will be featured in subsequent
weeks. Make sure that the topic you select for this week is different
from the topic you intend to select for the Week Three assignment and
the topic you intend to utilize for the Outline of the Final Paper and
the Final Paper (Weeks Four and Five, respectively). Examine one of the
following topics on lifespan development connecting research and life.

  • What do twin and adoption studies tell us about the effects of
    nature (i.e., genetic influences) and nurture (i.e., environmental
    influences) on human development? Select at least one of the main
    domains of human development (i.e., physical, cognitive, or
    social-emotional).
  • How much credit or blame do parents deserve for the way we are?
    Select at least one of the main domains of human development (physical,
    cognitive, or social-emotional) for your answer.
  • To what extent are the lives of adolescents and young adults shaped by parental and peer influences?
  • Why do we have a need to belong (to affiliate with others)?
  • How do our bodies and minds change from early to late adulthood?
  • What are the factors that affect our well-being as middle aged and older adults?
  • Why are some people attracted to members of their own sex whereas others are attracted to members of the opposite sex?  
  • How do memory and intelligence change as we age?
  • Does an infant’s temperament shape his/her cognitive and socio-emotional development?  
  • Are babies pre-wired for survival?
  • Are adolescents more likely to engage in risk-taking behavior than older adults?
  • Can physical exercise affect cognitive performance in old age?
    Consider the time of occurrence of physical exercise (i.e., earlier in
    life or during old age) in your answer.
  • Are there personality traits related to longevity?
  • Does bilingualism improve brain functioning?
  • Why do students in the United States tend to under-perform in math and science?

Once you have chosen your topic, examine the various theories of human
development learned in the course and choose one or two that best assist
you to understand the issues involved in your topic.

For this assignment address the following:

  • Examine various theories of human development, describing
    relevant terminology, and addressing how the theory assists in the
    understanding of issues involved in the selected topic.
  • Identify and describe at least two domains of human development
    (physical, biological, emotional, cognitive, and/or social) and how they
    are impacted by the chosen topic.
  • Identify and describe the stages of development that are affected by the chosen topic.
  • Describe the cultural and historical perspectives of the chosen
    topic, demonstrating an understanding of how the topic has been
    perceived over time and by other cultures. Provide relevant examples.

    Writing the Assignment

    The Assignment:

    1. Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length (excluding
      title and references pages), and formatted according to APA style as
      outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    2. Must include a title page with the following:
      1. Title of paper
      2. Student’s name
      3. Course name and number
      4. Instructor’s name
      5. Date submitted
    3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
      1. Begin with an introduction to the selected topic in which you define all concepts that will be discussed in the paper.
      2. For example, if you select “How do memory and intelligence change as we age?” as your topic,  you will need to define the terms memory, intelligence and aging.
    4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
    5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
      1. Conclude with an answer to the selected question. Did the
        evidence you surveyed answer the question satisfactorily? Including your
        analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the available evidence.
      2. If possible, suggest the course that future research should take if answers to the selected question are less than conclusive.
    6. Must use at least two scholarly sources, all of which must come from the Ashford University Library or Google Scholar.
      1. It is important that you ask yourself if the articles
        specifically address the selected topic. It is not always easy to find
        the right articles. Thus, give yourself some time to search before you
        finalize your selection.  
      2. You may reference your textbook and other required materials
        from the course; however, these will not fulfill the resource
        requirements.
    7. Must briefly summarize each article including the purpose of the investigation, its methodology, and results.
      1. If possible, select peer-reviewed articles that summarize
        the evidence available in a given field of study (e.g., meta-analysis
        combines the findings of different studies to uncover trends,
        commonalities and differences).
      2. Order the articles in the way you think you will discuss
        them in your paper. Then develop a summary of the scientific evidence
        that answers the question you selected.
    8. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    9. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
      1. The reference section will be the final page of the paper.

    Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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