Full course description
The focus of the course is on cognitive development during childhood and adolescence. Behavioral changes and underlying brain changes will be discussed. The aim is to learn more about scientific views on normal cognitive development and the methodological difficulties in demonstrating these views empirically. Although the focus is on normal development, development is often studied in the context of abnormal development. Examples of topics that are discussed during the course are general cognitive ability, executive function, brain maturation, cognitive stimulation and training, and cognitive vs socio-emotional development.
Students will be able to:
- understand and critically evaluate theoretical and methodological issues in studies of cognitive development from childhood to adolescence;
- generate research ideas about and think about solutions to issues relevant in the field of cognitive development.