In these 24 lectures, probe the field of "human development"; the science that studies how we learn and develop psychologically, from birth to the end of life. This very young science not only enables us to understand children and help them develop optimally, but also gives us profound insights into who we are as adults.
Professor Watson introduces you to the six theories that have had perhaps the greatest influence on this field. Each of them has had a pervasive impact on the way we think about and see ourselves. Among the theories you'll encounter are Sigmund Freud's psychodynamic theory (including such concepts as the Oedipus Complex and the five stages of psycho-sexual development), Erik Erikson's psycho-social theory (which gave rise to the term "identity crisis"), and Albert Bandura's social learning theory (influential in such areas as the effect of media violence on children).
You'll meet the people who formulated each theory, become familiar with their philosophical backgrounds and the historical contexts in which they worked, and study the specific processes of human development that each theory describes. Along the way, you'll evaluate the strength and weaknesses of each theory. How do these six theories complement or contradict one another? What do they tell us, as a whole, about human development?
These lectures aren't simply about learning, behavior, and relationships in youth, but at any age. Taken as a whole, they provide our best answers to the questions of human nature-how we learn, adapt, and become who we are at every stage in life.
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This is the first audible book I've used and I used it as preparation for the Human Growth and Development CLEP exam. I thought that the speaker spoke very slowly so I had to increase the speed to 2x. Once that was done I would calmly listen to it in the car. I really enjoyed all the examples the author provided as they are very applicable to current psychology beliefs and practices. My one complaint/suggestion was that the ecological systems theory wasn't explained; macrosystems, exosystems, microsystem, mesosystem, chronosystem, etc. Additionally, I don't think this lecture series really stressed the importance of operant conditioning and the difference between that and classical conditioning. If it could be done, I'd ask for the same lecturer to just go into those aspects a bit more. I supplemented these lectures with CLEP practice questions (an 80 question practice exam), and the Developmental Psychology Outline from Kaplans GRE psychology book.
Great if you're a psych student and want to review first-year material on Freud, Erikson and Piaget. Or good if you're just interested in psychology and don't know much about the topic
Makes the concepts clear with apt analogies.
As a student of Psychology with a long commute, I was looking for a good review of Developmental Psy. WOW!! I've taken Developmental Psychology in two different classroom formats (at the University level) but the material has never been presented so clearly, or so well.
The author also reads with enthusiasm (not over the top, but like a real human begin engaged in the topic rather than a robot reading a script which I find REALLY off-putting). I often find myself saying "I really like this guy" while I'm listening -- and would love to take a course from him in person! I just wish he had more courses listed here!
SUPERB -- suitable for students of Psychology and laypersons alike. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
This course was easy to follow, very informative and interesting. The professor knows the information very well and was easy to listen to. Very engaging.
I think all parents or soon-to-be parents should listen to this course. It gives insight into our development and gives context to theories on development.
I used this to help study for the CLEP Human Growth and Development exam. It made that part of the exam easy because it was easy to listen and learn from this professor. Although I bought this just to study from, I plan to keep the book for later when I become a parent or am around kids later on.
I love psychology and I love several of the Great Courses books on it too, but this was atrocious. The information was redundant, poorly given, and could be any type of psych class not necessarily one of development. I am disappointed. Try another book first.
I think I fell asleep every few minutes after the first chapter because his voice was so very soothing.
Professor Watson delivers the content in a logical and clear manner. These lectures are not dry like most textbooks on this topic. He not only covers the key research but also provides information about the people who conducted it (e.g. Erikson). This gives so much more meaning to the content.
Really interesting course. I hope that Professor Watson returns with more in the future.
The speaker is clear and concise with his words and ideas.
The breadth and scope.
The emotion in the speaker's voice, which is backed by facts; that is, he speaks with genuine conviction about the topic on which he is teaching. He obviously cares about the topic and has taken the time to do the research so that what he cares about is backed by factual evidence.
There's a lot of really good information, so I recommend a few sittings at least.
I was disappointed that they covered Freud but didn't cover C.G. Jung at all. There are very many reasons why Jung shouldn't be left out of a course like this, so I'll name just a few:
1. Jung had a historically pivotal relationship with Freud.
2. Jung expanded Freud's sexual theory by hypothesizing other drives.
3. Jung repeatedly gives credit to Freud, (even after their falling-out,) for inventing psychoanalysis, for planting its roots, and for giving Jung his start in it.
4. Jung's theories cover both young and old age; they comprise a complete psychological theory of development.
The listeners of this course could certainly gain much from Jung's theories of:
3. Ego, shadow, persona, and self.
4. Archetypal patterns of behavior.
5. Modes of adaptation - (i.e. introvert/extrovert, et al.)
Despite the cryptic appearance of the above terms, all of these terms relate directly to important theories and concepts within psychological development which Jung coined, and answers questions which are still relevant to psychology today, especially to developmental psychology.
Covers 6 major theories and schools of thought regarding development in childhood, and adulthood. Great for non specialist like me.
Enjoyed sequence of: background, major concepts, implications and critical review.
Every lecture had new and insightful ways of seen how humans develop.
The narration is energetic, but with common but minor confusions, usually in logic, that one can either understand the idea and continue on or miss the idea.
"Excellent, easy to listen to and informative"
Near the top
The Freudian theories of development
n/a but it would be difficult to describe as I enjoyed all of it
Both at times, but I am an emotional mother!
Well worth a listen, even if it is revision, I am a speciality trainee in child psychiatry so I have studied this twice (once at university and once for professional membership exams) and it was still interesting and increased my knowledge and understanding
"A must for Social Workers!"
Having studied these theories during my training and for post qualifying studies, it was great to get a refresher from a slightly different perspective.
brilliant book, really helped me to understand human behaviour and helped me with my university course in child development.
"trainee counselling therapist's review"
really interesting to have various developmental theories compared, summerised and reviewed. also encourages you to think about your own beliefs and world view on development of behaviour. well worth the listen.
Really fascinating overview of human development, in particular child development. Excellent examples given throughout illustrating each individual theory and model. Prof Watson continually invites us to reflect on the evidence supporting each model and the degree to which it can be or has been applied in everyday life. I particularly like the critique presented at the conclusion of each theory. Developments in neuroscience will have added much to these theories and, personally, learning more about what it has added in recent years will be my next challenge. Great platform for further learning.
This is a cracking book. Could not put it down. Did not want it to end.
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