Elective course - Brain and Cognitive Development

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.

7,5 ECTS
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: 7,5 ects: 1 student max 12 pages, 2 students max 15 pages and 3 students max 18 pages
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

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