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  • PSYCHOLOGY 272    Section:


    Spring Quarter 2006

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Graduate Standing or consent of instructor.

    Course Description: 

    The topic we will be examining in this course is the development of psychological understanding.



    This course focuses on how children come to understand people in relation to their inner, mental statesfor example, what people desire, intend, believe, remember, think about, and feel emotionally.  We will cover evidence for early understanding about the mind during infancy and toddlerhood (e.g., imitation, joint attention, social referencing, understanding of goal-directed actions, intentionality, pretense). We will read and discuss writings on how this early knowledge about the mind develops during the preschool years (e.g., understanding of false belief, causal knowledge about emotions, understanding of personality traits, self knowledge, understanding of magic, fantasy and imagination, religious thinking).  Finally, we will examine how childrens knowledge about the mental world expands further during later childhood and adulthood (e.g., understanding of thinking, introspection, deductive & inductive inferences, theory of mind in the elderly).  Readings will focus both on normal development and atypical populations (children with autism, deaf children, blind children); and will consider causes and correlates of individual differences in childrens understanding of mind (e.g., parent-child conversations, attachment, peer relationships).


    Weekly questions and seminar participation:         35%

    Leading class discussion on assigned readings:  20%

    Class presentations:  35%




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    Classroom Class Schedule Course Website
    Center for Mind and Brain T   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Kristin Lagattuta , Ph.D. 174L Young Hall by appointment