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Three Generations Essay

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The research project given in psychology class was to pick a topic and interview three generations
on the subject of my choice. In this paper I will talk about the following; each person I interviewed, their responses to the questions, the difficulties I faced, the stages of development each generation is experiencing, relating each generation to a theory, compare the similarities and differences each generation is experiencing in their stage of development, and what I learned from this experience. The topic I explored for each generation was music. Music can be a emotional experience, bring out feeling that we may be experiencing at that time, bring people together, and memories of the ...view middle of the document...

I explain I would be asking her questions about music and writing down her responses to the questions. When exploring Jocelyn's Biosocial Development Domain I noticed she has brown straight hair and bright blue eyes. Jocelyn's Cognitive Development Domain was shown throughout the interview process; such as, her musical perceptions and education of music has changed with her growing older. When exploring the Psychosocial Development Domain she believes that music can change your emotions or temperament.
After, analyzing her answers I concluded that Jocelyn is experiencing the theory of Jean Piaget's Cognitive Theory and her domain of development is focused on Cognitive Development. Based on the responses to the interview Jocelyn is experiencing Piaget's Cognitive Theory because of her mental process of thoughts, ideas, perception, and judgment of music. The response Jocelyn gave to the questions focuses on how Jocelyn's thought process changed over time and the correlation with the Cognitive Theory. Jocelyn is in the period of Piaget's formal operational period based on age range and characteristics she displayed. When Jocelyn hears music she is using assimilation to experience what new music she listens too, and incorporate the old music that she has experienced. She uses Cognitive Theory when choosing her devices to listen to music, when purchasing music, and her musical style that has changed over the years. All of these experiences require a mental process that Jocelyn has used to obtain the knowledge she has gained of music.
To conclude, Jocelyn seems to focus on her education of music and feels imagination when listening to the music. She even states music inspires her to write and this shows focus on thinking, language, and imagination. I found that teenagers are hard to analyze because they are emotional, use there own perception, imaginative, learning new motor skills and they focus on the past experiences. The only difficulties I faced was her playing with her cell phone and next time I will have a no cell phone rule while doing interviews.

The second interview was a 36 year old man named Brian in his early adulthood. The interview took place in our home while sitting at the dinning room table. I explained to him I will ask a few questions about music and write down his responses. When exploring Brian's Biosocial Development Domain I noticed he was tall, short dark brown hair, and healthy tan glow from working outside. His Cognitive Development Domain was shown throughout the interview, he had a strong focus on past memories of his musical experiences. When discovering Brian's Psychosocial Development Domain during the interview, he does mentioned his parents approval of his musical taste.
Next, I analyzed his responses from the interview and conclude that Brian is experiencing Lev Vygotsky theory of Sociocultral Theory. Based on Brian's answers he is experiencing Sociocultural Theory because of...

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