Brian C Waismeyer
Key theoretical and research approaches to cognitive development from infancy through adolescence. Sensorimotor development, language development, imitation, number concepts, logical reasoning, memory, cognition in adolescents, intelligence, and the role of biology, environment, and experience. Prerequisite: either minimum 2.0 grade in PSYCH 306, or 2.0 in both PSYCH 206 and PSYCH 209.
414 will be a product oriented introduction to the principles of cognitive development.
Student learning goals
A sense for what cognitive development is along with key areas of study.
Deep familiarity with a student selected cognitive phenomenon. Students will produce a useful cognitive development timeline as a class team.
Basic, hands-on understanding of the challenge of studying cognition along with an introduction to common research methods in this area of research. Students will individually complete a simple cognition study.
Introduction to and practice with basic skills expected of graduate students: literature collection and review, presentations, self-organized research development.
General method of instruction
Short lectures coupled with demonstrations and group work. Students will be expected to do a great deal of independent work while getting regular feedback from the instructor.
Basic familiarity with psychology. Willingness to take on graduate-style reading and writing tasks.
Class assignments and grading
Lecture attendance. Regular reading reports and one reading presentation. Self-organized contribution to a course cognitive development timeline. Self-organized planning and execution of basic cognition study.
Timely completion of coursework, quality of course work, and course participation will be the major guides for the class.