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Upton I 1
Def Lifespan approach/terminology/psychological theories/Upton: the understanding of a person’s development through life from birth to death.
Upton I 2
Def innate/Upton: “innate” refers to characteristics believed to exist at birth due to genetic factors; something that is instinctive, not learned.
De tabula rasa/Upton: from the Latin meaning “blank slate”. This is the phrase that John Locke used to refer to a child’s mind at birth, which he believed was unformed and featureless.
Def maturation/Upton: the biological process that underpins growth and development; the genetic instructions facilitating the development of instinctive behavioral patterns when a certain growth point or time period has been reached.
Def nativism/language development: the nativist position argues that the environmental input from language is insufficient for infants and children to acquire the structure of language. Proponent: Noam Chomsky.
Language acquisition device/LAD/Chomsky/Upton: thesis: there is a “universal grammar” that applies to all human languages and is pre-spcified (Chomsky, 1979)(1); Pinker, 2007(2)).

1. Chomsky, N (1979) Human language and other semiotic systems. Semiotica, 25: 31–44.
2. Pinker, S (2007) The evolutionary social psychology of off-record indirect speech acts. Intercultural Pragmatics, 4(4): 437–61.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Psychological Theories
Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011

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