Undergraduate Course: Cognitive Development in Children (PSYL10125)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course covers how children think and how it changes with age, focusing on the reciprocal relations among cognitive and brain developments as well as the environment in which a child grows up.
The goals of the course are to:
(a) Introduce important phenomena and mechanisms underlying cognitive development, illustrate them with concrete examples from various domains of cognition, such as attention, learning, memory, cognitive control, reasoning, and relate them to children's everyday life.
(b) Understand the reciprocal links among the brain, cognition, and the environment in the dynamic context of development.
(c) Illustrate these phenomena with examples of research using various methods within developmental psychology including basic experimentation and neuroscientific methods.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider university/college level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 2 (Sem 1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Take home exam worth 100% of the course mark
||In class feedback exercises will be used to check understanding and to develop skills (e.g. quizzes, peer feedback on essay plans/drafts).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of recent scientific advances, debates, and challenges regarding cognitive development
- Analyze the developmental mechanisms driving cognitive changes
- Demonstrate an understanding of how cognitive development and brain development are mutually supportive
- Analyze the role of experience and the environment in cognitive development
|Johnson, M.H., & de Haan, M. (2010). Developmental cognitive neuroscience. Wiley-Blackwell.|
Goswami, U. (2014). Childhood cognitive development, 2nd edition. Wiley-Blackwell.
Crone, E. A., & Ridderinkhof, K. R. The developing brain: from theory to neuroimaging and back. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 1, 101-109.
Diamond, A. (2013). Executive functions. Annual Review of Psychology, 64, 135-168.
Keil, F. (2014). Developmental Psychology. The growth of mind and behaviour. WW Norton & Company.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Nicolas Chevalier
|Course secretary||Ms Catherine Renton
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602