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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Elective course - Brain and Cognitive Development

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Programme level Bachelor
Course responsible
  • Victoria Helen Southgate (18-7b6e687974776e663378747a796d6c66796a4575787e33707a336970)
  • Department of Psychology
Course number: APSB05139U

Course content

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.

Mandatory prerequisites




Department of Psychology, Study Council


1 semester


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Teaching and learning methods

10 weeks


About 30 students per class




Syllabus spring 2016

Pensumlister efterår 2016 - Tilgængelig i ultimo juni



Category Hours
Class Instruction 30
English 30

Exam (Ordinary, Extraordinary, Make-up and re-exams)

Type of assessment

Written assignment
75% attendance is mandatory but the course is based on full participation
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. The teacher has to approve the title of the proposal no later than 1 month prior to the end of the course. The proposal shall include the background literature, the formulation of a problem and suggestion of methods how to approach the problem.
The exam can only be taken individually, but he paper can be written in groups of maximum 3 students.
Extent of the exam: 10 ects: 1 student max 14 pages, 2 students max 21 pages and 3 students max 24 pages


All aids allowed

Marking scale

passed/not passed

Criteria for exam assessment

Vejledende karakterbeskrivelse (Danish)

Censorship form

No external censorship

Exam period

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