PSYC 525 Quiz: Midterm
Module 1: Week 1 – Module 4: Week 4
- Both Freud and Erikson suggest specific stages of development.
- Briey describe Freud’s stages. (4 points)
- Briey describe Erikson’s stages. (4 points)
- Briey compare and contrast the two theories in their approach and conclusions about stages of development. (4 points)
- List two shortcomings of longitudinal designs.
- Why is it dicult to distinguish genetic from experiential influences?
- What features of a longitudinal design might make it the heart of developmental research?
- Provide two shapes of idealized developmental change and an example of each.
- What are two strengths and three weaknesses of evolutionary theories?
- What are three strengths and two weaknesses of Erikson’s theory?
- Weston claims that the “death” of psychodynamic theory has been greatly exaggerated and that Freud’s legacy “lives on” in contemporary psychological science. Provide evidence for this claim.
- A 14-year-old cheats on a math test. Explain his behavior from the perspective of 3 theorists we’ve covered so far.
- Each developmental theorist holds a position about the nature of human beings. Provide the perspective on human nature from the following. (2 points each)
- Evolutionary psychology has become a popular framework from which to study human development. Traditionally, evangelical Christians have renounced any kind of evolutionary framework. What are Christians to do with evolutionary psychology? Does a Christian have to stay away from research done within this framework? Can findings be appropriated by Christians? To what degree can Christians engage this perspective?
- Choose one major theorist who you read “in their own words” and provide an analysis of his/her writing. Briey describe the essential content or point of the writing and then provide an analysis that contextualizes the writing. For example, what does the writing suggest about the author as a person, methodologist, or theorist? About the historical time period? The dominant theories of the time? In what way does this writing exemplify the larger vision or theoretical perspective of its author?