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Developing Minds: An Introduction to Developmental Psychology

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

How do infants and young children perceive and think about the world? This course will explore the rapid patterns of growth and cognitive change that occur early in life. It will also examine the methods that researchers use to learn about how infants and children learn, think, and grow.

What do infants know about the world, and how do they develop so quickly into social, curious, and talkative children? While adults are still learning and developing, infancy and early childhood are the periods with the most rapid growth and cognitive change. Therefore, these years provide a fascinating look at the development of the human mind. In this course, we will discuss several aspects of development, including language, social cognition, memory, and causal reasoning. In order to fully understand each topic, we will consider both current and historical theories of child development. We will also focus on the different methods that researchers use to investigate the cognitive abilities of infants and young children. By reviewing experiments, discussing theory, and thinking through current issues in the field, this course will provide students with an introduction to how the scientific method can be used to further our understanding of the developing mind.

This course aims to introduce you to the basic development in children’s thinking from birth through elementary school. By the end of the course, you should be able to:
(1) Examine the development of language, social cognition, memory, and causal reasoning
(2) Explain the differences between the key theories of children’s cognitive development
(3) Identify methods used in child research
(4) Understand how the scientific method can be used to answer questions about child development

There are no prerequisites for this course.