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Human Development
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Introduction Domain Life stages Conclusion

 Middle Childhood: Ages 7 - 9

 Biological

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Brain growth slows

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Physical growth slows, but slight height spurts occur

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Expansion of heart and lung capacities supports more physical endurance

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Athletic and fine motor skills become more refined

 Cognitive

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Ability to understand logical principle develops

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Memory capacity and ability to use mnemonics expands

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Metacognition, the ability to think about thought, enables organization of own learning

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Use of language becomes more analytical

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Proficiency in more than one language code may begin, sometimes resulting in bilingualism

 Psychosocial

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Peer group becomes more significant as dependence shifts to friends for help, loyalty, and sharing of mutual interests

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Awareness of and involvement in outside world increases awareness of family, economic, and political conditions

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Motivational systems build around achievement, competence, and affiliation

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Coping strategies develop for problem solving and stress tolerance

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Interpersonal strategies develop to aid in understanding others' behavior



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