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Earlier in this course, you chose a topic/issue/question in lifespan development that pertains to your professional career, program specialization, or research interest. Throughout the course, you have read and gathered research articles related to your topic. Now it is time to prepare your final paper. Your final paper is a reflection on the overall learning accomplished in this course and on the knowledge you gained about your topic/issue/question within your own area of interest/specialization in the field of psychology.

Your Signature Assignment requires you to complete the following:

  • Discuss how did your understanding of the field of developmental psychology and lifespan perspective change as a result of this course. What are three concepts/areas within developmental psychology that you found most interesting and new to you? Explain why this is new and of interest to you.
  • Considering the topic/issue/question you selected in week 1, what are three research findings within developmental psychology that you found most surprising, or counter to your original understanding? What was so surprising about these findings/results? What are three concepts/theories that are directly applicable to your specialization or to your future professional activities? Explain how they are applicable.

Support your Signature Assignment with at least 8 – 10 references from scholarly sources, including at least three research study articles published within the past five years.

Length: 8-10 pages, not including title and reference pages