This section of the course will build on the material covered in the Developmental section of Psychology 1. In particular, we will explore in more depth the age-related changes throughout human childhood and adolescence, and how these changes are related to atypical development and psychopathology. Key issues to be addressed include:
- How do children develop the social and cognitive abilities that are relevant to their understanding of the world around them? For example, how do their mental representations of beliefs, desires and emotions change with age?
- How are children’s brain and behavioural development influenced by their interactions with their environment?
After engaging with the lectures and reading materials, students should be able to:
- Understand the main stages of child and adolescent development and how this may affect the assessment of atypical development and psychopathology.
- Understand the complexity and diversity of the interplay between cognitive, social and biological factors in children’s development.
- Assess the extent to which different theoretical perspectives on development are supported by relevant research evidence and are potentially compatible with each other.
- Give examples of practical implications derived from theoretical perspectives and the research findings that support them.
The primary recommended text is:
Keil, F. (2014). Developmental Psychology: The Growth of Mind and Behavior. W. W. Norton & Company; International student edition.
Further reading on several of the lecture topics can be found in:
Smith, P.K., Cowie, H., & Blades, M. (2011). Understanding children's development. (5th Edition). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Other specific references will also be given during the lecture block.