This assignment was for an asynchronous online introduction to human development course. The course focused on the biological, psychological, and social changes that occur throughout the lifespan. The major objectives of this course were for students to address misconceptions about human development, learn to evaluate research-based evidence, and understand how the scientific method is applied to topics they experience in their day-to-day lives.
Chapter 1 lays out the foundation of the course and the “lifespan perspective”. This a unique perspective in that it is life long, multi-dimensional, multi-directional, plastic, multidisciplinary, and contextual. Understanding the lifespan perspective is critical as it is the foundation for which the rest of the class is based. As you read through the chapter, try to connect this perspective with things you have learned in other courses. How is this perspective the same and how is it different?
Although we may talk about topics explored in different disciplines (journalism, religion, literature) we use scientific principles to explore these topics: theoretically based observation, experimentation, and analysis. This video is an example of using the scientific method to explore some of the complicated topics we tackle from the life span perspective.
Please watch the video and when you are done write your answer the question…
Why do you think people become evil? In what ways do you agree or disagree with Zimbardo and why? For whatever reason you give for why people become evil, explain why you think that way.
Your total response should be between 200-400 words. 0-no post, 4- partial post (does not answer the question), 6- brief answer only, 10- answers sufficiently