Developmental psychology is the study of all aspects of development across the lifespan, with a focus (here) on cognitive and social development. These lectures focus on different approaches to developing unifying frameworks for understanding human mental development, and how children acquire some of the critical mental abilities needed for interacting in a complex physical and social world.
By the end of the section students should:
· summarise why and how developmental psychologists study developmental processes
· compare and contrast the major overarching theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology and understand how these perspectives have changed as we learn more about how children actually develop
· discuss developmental changes in childrens’ concepts and the effects of these changes on childrens’ reasoning
· understand the importance and relevance of theory of mind and when and how it develops
Schacter et al., Psychology (chaps. 11-12)