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When social scientists use the term culture, they refer to a “meaning and information system, shared by a group and transmitted across generations, that allows the group to meet basic needs of survival . . pursue happiness and wellbeing, and derive meaning from life” (Matsumoto, 2009, p. 5). Citizens of a nation, residents of a region within a nation, members of an ethnic group, people living in one neighborhood, or even students in a college class can have their own culture, in that they have their own method of gathering information and ascribing meaning, or value, to life.

This page intentionally left blank 1 C H A P T E R Introduction W H AT W I L L YO U K N OW ? 1. Why do developmentalists consider themselves scientists? ■ Understanding How and Why Including All Kinds of People Observing Changes over Time 2. Does life get better or worse as people grow older? 3. At what age do people stop changing? 4. Why is it important for scientists of many disciplines to combine their conclusions about human development? ■ The Life-Span Perspective Development Is Multidirectional Development Is Multicontextual Development Is Multicultural Development Is Multidisciplinary A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Mirror Neurons Development Is Plastic 5.

The Life-Span Perspective 13 SPENCER PLATT / GETTY IMAGES Gambling on the Help of Others? Since 2008 in Atlantic City, more than 3,000 adults have lost their jobs because casinos and hotels have fewer patrons. Kristin and her son Thomas do not go hungry, thanks to the Atlantic City Mission. Observation Quiz Can you see signs that malnutrition might nevertheless be a problem? (see answer, page 15) A question for developmentalists: When does low SES do most damage? In infancy, poverty may mean inferior medical care and malnutrition, stunting the brain; in adulthood, job and marriage prospects are reduced as SES falls; in late adulthood, the accumulation of past stresses (including low SES) can overwhelm the body’s reserves, causing disease and death.

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