Cognitive Development

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Meeting Information
Location: ASH 111
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 1:00-2:20
Email: mburch@hampshire.edu
Extension: 5465
Office: ASH 135
Office Hours:
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Technical Information
Course Level: 200
Course Number: 238
Course Capacity: 25
Course Website:


Cognitive Development is a Cognitive Science class taught by Melissa Burch.

Course Description

In this course we will discuss the processes by which children come to acquire, recall, and use knowledge. This course will focus on development from infancy to middle childhood. By reading primary literature, we will examine the emergence and refinement of children's ability to form concepts, recall the past, and extend knowledge to new situations. We will consider methodological challenges and approaches to studying children's abilities, including naturalistic observations, and controlled laboratory studies. We will review literature on findings and theories of development in each area and discuss how changes in children's representational abilities contribute to these abilities. Students will make class presentations based on research articles, write short papers in response to class topics, and develop a research proposal on a topic of interest discussed in the course. This course satisfies Division I distribution requirements.

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