1. In this section we
look at a form of thinking that goes beyond Piaget's final stage. Considering
that many people do not even achieve formal operational thinking, it might seem
odd to speak of cognitive skills that are above and beyond what Piaget
envisioned. Why might Piaget not have recognized that there was a form of
thinking more sophisticated than his final stage? As always, be sure to
explain your answer thoroughly.
2. Is young adulthood better characterized as a period of health-improving
lifestyles or health-impairing lifestyles? Be sure to explain and justify your
3. What is the psychosocial task of young adulthood? In your opinion, does
Erikson's vision of the psychosocial task of young adulthood still apply today?
Why or why not? As always, be sure to explain yourself fully.
4. (a) How do expectations about marriage contribute to the failure of
marriages? (b) Whatotherfactors can you identify that explaintoday's high divorce rate?
Please provide at least two - consider how times have changed and other
relevant things that you have read about. (c) Is there any evidence to suggest
that marriage is actually good for you? As always, be sure to explain yourself
and to answer all parts of the question.
5. Explain, in your own words,consensual validation
and the matching hypothesis.Be sure to differentiate
between the two concepts. Based on your experience, do you see support for
these concepts? As always, be sure to explain and support your response.
6. Describe two studies
thatcould beconducted to identify a biological
basis for sexual orientation. (This is a thought question -don't
be looking for the answer in your text!) Considering the research that
has been conducted (and discussed in the text and/or elsewhere), what doyouthink determines sexual orientation?
7. Consider the concept of "emerging adulthood". Explain why this
stage has been proposed and what it is. Is there a need, in your opinion, for
this view of adulthood? Why or why not?