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The period from conception to age three is marked by impressive rapidity in development and the plasticity of the developing brain affords both fetus and infant an exquisite sensitivity to context. This course delves into the literature that highlights the dynamic interactions between the developing fetus/infant and the environment. The course readings span a range of disciplines and cover a diversity of hot topics in the study of prenatal and infant development, including empirical research drawn from the developmental, neuroscience, psychopathology, and pediatric literatures.
Format: seminar; Classes will be held synchronously, live and in Zoom.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
active class participation, weekly three-page papers, two oral presentations (20 minutes each and using PowerPoint), and one final 10-12 page paper on an independent research topic related to course content
PSYC 201, PSYC 212, and PSYC 232 or permission of instructor
Psychology majors and Neuroscience concentrators
NSCI Group C Electives
PHLH Biomedical Determinants of Health
PHLH Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health
PSYC Area 3 - Developmental Psychology