Chapter 7: Psychology, Society, and Culture

Journal Article:

This article describes the linguistic development of Genie – the extremely isolated American child discovered in LA in the 1970s. Although the article is geared towards the development of language, it  presents the critical age hypothesis in which there is a short amount of time where one is able to develop language. The author of the articles states “the critical period concept does not pertain solely to language acquisition.”


This video describes the discovery of Genie, along with her Speech Therapists’ and Psychologist’s interpretation of her peculiarities. I chose this video because it physically shows just a few of the effects that the extreme isolation Genie suffered had on the rest of her life.

Internet Sites:,0

The above URL leads to an article in the Concord Monitor written by Darshak Sanghavi, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Massachusetts medical school. In the article, he describes the negative effects of isolation and loneliness on children raised in Russian orphanages.

This Internet Site describe Piaget’s stages of cognitive development. It also includes videos of children representing the concepts of each stage.


“What is done to children, they will do to society.”

Dr. Karl A. Menninger

Why I chose Chapter 7:

I have always been interested in learning about the development of socialization. I probably learned about it in high school but it wasn’t until I attended the Armed Forces Occupational Therapy Assistant course that it truly sunk in. I remember learning about “Genie” in OT school and being fascinated by her extraordinary development.

Now that I have a son of my own, I have been able to witness the effects of socialization first-hand. My 14 month old son has attended day care since he was 8 weeks old. I contribute that to the fact that he began to walk early, desire table foods early and also unfortunately to hit and pinch. I believe that he has learned a vast amount in the last year surrounded by his peers.


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