PSYCH 759 - Proseminar in Developmental Psychology
Fall 2017, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
The course is intended for first year Graduate students in the developmental area; other students interested in the course should seek permission of instructor. Student must register for both Fall and Winter semesters to receive a grade.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This graduate seminar considers cognitive functioning across the lifespan, with a focus on cognitive aging. We consider models of normal and pathological cognitive functioning and development in childhood, adulthood, and old age and examine findings from cross-sectional and longitudinal studies investigating age cohort differences and lifespan change. One of the central questions we will discuss is how and if intelligence and cognitive development in early life is related to cognitive maintenance and decline in adulthood and also to longevity. Does investing in the brain (e.g., learning, avoiding injury, engaging in physical exercise and social activity) pay off in terms of well-being across the lifespan? Is the development of the brain in adulthood limited by development during childhood? Do learning and memory processes change over the lifespan?

Among the topics covered are: the effects of socioeconomic status and lifelong education on cognitive functioning in adulthood; cognitive reserve and how is it developed and maintained; associations between cognitive functioning and physical health; the acquisition of skills and specialized knowledge; intergenerational and interpersonal communication and language; cognition in the workplace and at home.

The course involves a weekly heavy reading load of textbook chapters and journal articles and weekly submission of questions about these reading prior to each class. We also discuss research ethics, graduate research proposals, professional societies, and publication outlets.

Class Format:

The course format will be that of a seminar, where we spend class time discussing the readings and considering their implications. It is therefore essential that you come to class having read the materials carefully and being prepared to discuss the readings. We also discuss research ethics, graduate research proposals, professional societies, and publication outlets.


PSYCH 759 - Proseminar in Developmental Psychology
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
M 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: Psych 759 meets in the Pillsbury Room in East Hall.

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