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Development in Adolescence and Late Adulthood Worksheet
Use the Learn Psychology text, the University Library, and/or other resources to answer the following questions. Your response to each question should contain at least 150 words.
1. Puberty can be a difficult time for adolescents. What are some of the challenges they face?
The changes adolescents face at puberty are changes in there body and brain developement. In puberty, an adolescents body will can like for a example a boy will grow hair on his body his voice will get lower and he is able to ejaculate. In boys during puberty, a spurt in height and changes to the body’s overall shape also occurs. For a girl, her body will grow hair on it, she will grow breast, and his will began to have her monthly period that also means now she can have children. ...view middle of the document...
Some examples of this is using illegal drugs such as marijuana to fit in, or partaking in underage drinking. But peer pressure can also help you in a good why to like, getting good grades. You are a byproduct of whom you associate yourself with. Peer pressure is not always bad. It can help you analyze yourself and contemplate on your ways of life. Your peers can play a vital role in the shaping of your personality. Their way of looking at life may influence you to change for the better. Your peer group may actually persuade you to bring about a constructive change in your personality. Being peer pressured lets say into trying out a new sport, can give you an insight on what you like to do. I know a lot of my friends say they tried a sport just because their friends were doing it and wanted them to do it, and they ended up liking it.
3. What types of changes occur in the brain in late adulthood?
You can’t really remember things like you use to. Your mental process slows down so that you can’t recall things like you use to. Reacting to signals is harder to do. These individuals experience the loss of brain cells leading to dementia, or progressive loss of cognitive function due to aging or disease. Strokes, tumors, and other diseases can cause the deterioration of the brain in old age. Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the disruption of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and is diagnosed in about 3% of elderly patients.
4. Why is novel problem-solving particularly difficult in late adulthood?
Novel problem solving is particularly hard in late adulthood because at that point many people are already stuck in their ways. In the late adult hood state, it is hard to process information that may require change in the many ways we are used to. With that being said it is almost impossible to use novel problem solving skills. It is like trying to teach an old dog new tricks. It is not impossible, but extremely difficult.