When I consider where I will be in 5 years, I think Developmental Psychology will have the most lasting impact. I hope to be a practicing RN by then, and there are many areas of nursing that require an understanding of children and the ways in which they grow. Perhaps I will even work in pediatrics and work with children daily.
I was especially astounded by Dr. Melissa Koenig's presentation of the
concept of object permanence. As a young parent, I spent hours gazing at my infants, wondering what could be happening in the tiny mind behind those eyes. According to many pseudo-
scientists' books claiming "this is how to be the best parent and this is what babies do at various stages," infants don't have nearly the brain capacity that Dr. Koenig and our textbook asserted, which is tremendously comforting to a mother. I now know that my children knew whether or not I was in their presence (or any other particular object, for that matter), they preferred my voice over anyone else's when they were born, and that they were much more aware of their surroundings than I previously thought.
When I encounter children in my nursing career, I hope to appropriately assess their
intellectual capabilities so that I can care for them in the best manner. Understanding the ways in which children think (such as was shown in Piaget's four operational stages), perhaps I can better relate to them during their times of need.