APSB05139U  Elective course - Brain and Cognitive Development

Volume 2015/2016

Brain and Cognitive Development   

How to infants and young children perceive the world around them, and how to they learn all the things they need to learn? This course is focused on the topic of infant and early childhood cognition, and will draw on our knowledge of the developing brain, and findings from neuroimaging.  We will cover many domains including number processing, language acquisition, social cognition (including theory of mind and morality), face and gaze processing, learning mechanisms and motivation. Students will also learn about current methodology for studying infants and their brains. Where relevant, we will also explore development beyond early childhood and in to adolescence. The course is aimed at providing a state-of-the-art on cognitive development and will be focused on recent research that has transformed our understanding of what and how infants learn. 

The format of the course will be a 1.5 -2 hour lecture followed by class presentations and group discussion.

The course is based on full participation in class.

Learning Outcome

The goal of elective courses is an expansion or an additional perspective upon the psychological field. This is achieved through theoretical or empirical engagement in themes within or related to the psychological science. Elective courses can be taken in the Department of Psychology or in other departments.

Syllabus spring 2016

Type of assessment
Written assignment
The students are expected to submit a written assignment by the end of the course. This assignment is to be formulated as a research proposal related to a relevant topic of this course.
Exam registration requirements

Det er en forudsætning for opgaveaflevering ved alle valgfag, at den studerende har fået godkendt mindst 75 % fremmøde, men undervisningen er baseret på fuld deltagelse.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

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Criteria for exam assesment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 30
  • Total
  • 30