Child Development

What is our basic genetic endowment and how can human development go awry?
*Child recieves 23 csomes from each parent
*Gregor Mendel discovered genetics
*Genes can become physically damaged or may mutate
*Genetic counselors perform tests to find potentially genetic abnormalities.
How do the environment and genetics work together to determine human characteristics?
*Genetically based traits that form a possibility are genotype.
*Ultimate expression is then phenotype
Which human characteristics are significantly influenced by heredity?
*Interaction of Nature vs. Nurture
*Intelligence can be related to genetics but also environment
*Neuroticism and extroversion
What happens during the prenatal stages of development?
*Union of sperm and ovum
*Infertility in 15%
*Germinal Stage (fert-2 weeks)
*Embryonic stage (2-8)
*Fetal (8 weeks-birth)
What are the threats to the fetal environment, and what can be done about them?