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CPSY 4343 - Cognitive Development

This course is intended to introduce students to the scientific study of cognitive development during infancy and childhood. Starting with a review of the early history of the field, we will explore some of the many ways that scientists have investigated children’s cognitive development, with emphasis on theoretical frameworks, methods for learning about children’s cognition, and the interpretation of empirical findings. Specific topic areas will include: neurobiological foundations, social and cultural influences, infant perception and cognition, the development of folk concepts, executive function (goal-directed problem solving and reasoning), memory, and social cognition, among others.

Who should take this course?

Students who are interested in learning about brain development and how children develop the ability to acquire knowledge.

Students who are interested in working or pursuing graduate studies in psychology, education, neuroscience, and health careers.

What degree requirements might this class fulfill?
Child Psychology B.A.
Child Psychology B.S.
Child Psychology Minor
Early Childhood Education: Foundations

For official information about how this class would fulfill major requirements or college requirements, please consult your college adviser and your APAS. Access to your APAS report can be found under the Academics tab on MyU.

CPsy 2301 Introductory Child Psychology or instructor consent

Grading Basis:
A-F or audit


Terms this class is typically offered:
Fall (even years), Spring

Instructors who teach this class:
Michele Mazzocco
Maria Sera
Phil Zelazo

Sample syllabus
Link to PDF

Have additional questions about this class or need a permission number? Contact Meghan Eliason, Child Psychology Adviser, at