PSYC 332 Cognitive Development (Not offered 1998-99; to be offered 1999-2000)

How do infants make sense of their world? When do children understand the distinction between fantasy and reality? What events do children remember, and how accurate are early memories? How do cultural experiences affect the way that children think and problem solve? These questions form the basis of a course that examines both the biological and social factors that influence the development of intellectual skills during the childhood years. We consider both theoretical (e.g., what is the relationship between thought and language) and applied questions (e.g., do children misunderstand media messages), and we explore the similarities and differences in cognitive development of normally developing children and children with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism). The work of both classical (e.g., Piaget, Luria) and contemporary theorists (e.g., Case, Fischer) is compared and contrasted. Requirements: two short papers, and a written/oral report of research project Prerequisite: Psychology 232. Empirical Project