Developmental Psychology

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Developmental Psychology

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.

Lecture No 4
Scope of developmental & manner/material of study
What is developmental psychology and why do we care about development?
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
20/01/2020 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 5
Theories of development 1: The Piagetian tradition
We cover the historical attempts to provide unifying frameworks for understanding human development. Our first topic covers the cognitive theory of Jean Piaget.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
22/01/2020 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 6
Theories of development 2: The Vygotskian tradition
We cover the historical attempts to provide unifying frameworks for understanding human development. Our second topic covers the social context theory of Lev Vygotsky.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
24/01/2020 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 7
Theories of development 3: The information processing tradition
We cover the historical attempts to provide unifying frameworks for understanding human development. Our third topic covers the idea that development (and psychology broadly) can be understood in terms of information processing devices that perform computations.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
27/01/2020 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 8
Theory of mind
We cover how the ability to understand the thoughts of others changes with development and the implications for social development.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
29/01/2020 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 9
Concept acquisition & change
We cover how children's concepts change with experience and how this affects how they reason about the world.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
31/01/2020 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Learning Outcomes: 

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

References: 

Schacter et al., Psychology (chaps. 11-12)