PSYC 2314 – Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

What students will know, be able to do, or be able to demonstrate upon completing this assignment. 

SLO 2: Discuss the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that affect the development process of the individual.

SLO 4: Explain the biosocial, cognitive,  and psychological influences throughout the lifespan as an ongoing set of processes, involving both continuity and change.

SLO 7:  Discuss the various causes or reasons for disturbances in the developmental process.



This assignment is worth 40 points and will generally be graded by the following criteria (see the grading rubric for specific scoring details):

  1. Demonstration of critical thinking, scholarship, and ability to connect and apply the course material.
  2. Comprehensiveness and completeness of your responses.
  3. Demonstrate that you have thought, learned, and made new awareness about some of the developmental concepts or topics presented in the course relevant to this topic.
  4. Adherence to the written instructions.



As you watch the TED Talk - How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime, evaluate its strengths as an argument, in terms of its thesis, research, and delivery. Think about some of the key terms and concepts that we talked about in class so far. After viewing the TED Talk complete the following questions.


TED Talk Presentation – How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime – Nadine Burke Harris

Link to the video:


1. What was the speaker’s thesis (main point) of this speech? In what specific way (s) does the thesis relate directly to what you are learning in this course? Be Specific. Provide Examples.

2. Ethos is a speaker’s ability to build credibility, establish himself/herself as an expert, and/or convince the audience members that the speaker has their best interests at heart. How does this speaker build ethos?

3. Pathos is an appeal to emotions (everything from humor to horror)  to sway an audience, while logos is the use of data/evidence to prove one’s case. Did this speaker rely more on pathos or logos in his/her presentation? What argument/point in this presentation did you find the most compelling? Why?

4. TEDTalk presenters are known as effective public speakers. Describe two things this speaker does well in terms of engaging the audience. Be sure to include the minute:  second mark (ex: 8:49) to denote the two specific moments you discuss here.

5. In what ways do you think the COVID-19 Pandemic may be amplifying to some ACEs? What responsibilities do you think that we as a society, have to help children dealing with additional stress these days?

6. If you could ask this speaker a question about her information or presentation, what would you ask?

7. Give one piece of constructive criticism that would improve the presentation.

8. What group(s) of people would benefit the most from hearing this lecture?


Formatting instructions:

You DO NOT need to number your responses, simply answer the questions in the order presented. Each response should contain a rephrasing of the original question in your own words. Write in complete, thoughtful, comprehensive sentences. 

A complete sentence has three characteristics:

  • First, it begins with a capital letter.
  • In addition, it includes an end mark—either a period [], question mark [ ? ], or exclamation point [ ! ].
  • Most importantly, the complete sentence must contain at least one main clause. Each main clause contains an independent subject and verb and expresses a complete thought.

Please no one-word answers or sentence fragments!

Line Spacing: All text in your assignment should be single-spaced within each response.  Double-spaced between each response. In other words, I should see white space between each response to display when one idea begins and another one ends.

Minimum: 400 words