Academic Catalog

COGS535 COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

Course Code: 9020535
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Department: Cognitive Sciences
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Masters
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Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Content

Development of infants (first 2 years of life) and pre-schoolers (2-6 years). Theories of development (nativist, empiricist, genetic epistemology, dynamic systems theory (DST)). Basic concepts of development: knowledge representation, learning, maturation, modularity, domain-general vs. domain-specific development, emergence. Research methodology and experimental paradigms. Basic milestones in the development of perception (language, face, objects, action) and production (language, imitation of others and planning of own actions), categorization, understanding the physical world, understanding human action, Theory of Mind (ToM), Reasoning/Logic, Causaliy, Number, Attention and Memory (WM and LTM). Developmental cognitive neuroscience, brain development.