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Developmental Psychology: Theories and Techniques

Program(s): Immersion

In just a few short years, infants go from helpless beings who cannot even hold their heads up to walking, talking, thinking people who are able to understand complex games, infer intentions in others, and even engage in reflexive thought (i.e., thinking about thinking). In this class, we will explore this transition by studying major theories of developmental psychology, examining how the mind (and correspondingly, the brain) changes from infancy through adolescence. We will focus on primary empirical sources investigating the development and integration of perceptual, cognitive, and social skills. Lecture and discussion will emphasize the complex interplay between biological, psychological, and sociocultural elements throughout the life span in domains such as language, emotions, morality, and intelligence. Students will develop and execute their own experimental research projects in small groups.

See sample syllabus here.

Remote or Residential

✓ Residential (On-Campus)

 

Course Overview

Start Date

June 17

End Date

July 05

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade

Program

Immersion

Class Details

Course Code

PSYC 21650 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)

9:00

3:00 P.M.

Session

Session I

Course Length

3 weeks

HS Orientation Date

June 16
June 17

Primary Instructor

Katherine O'Doherty

Academic Interest

Human Body
Psychology and Neuroscience
Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)