Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development - PSYC8510

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 20 (10) David Kelly checkmark-circle


This module explores the typical development of key cognitive functions and the psychological methods employed to study these developments. The aim of the module is to explore these topics at an advanced level, allowing students to evaluate critically pieces of research in terms of their findings, conceptual underpinnings, and/or methodological approaches. Lecture topics may include: Research methods in developmental psychology; Critical periods and plasticity; Introduction to theories of word learning; The critical period for language learning; Social learning and imitation; Thinking about the minds of others; Understanding knowledge; Metacognition


Contact hours

22 hours

Method of assessment

Seminar Report (1,000 words)
Research Proposal (2,500 words)

Reassessment: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

This module covers a variety of materials, not available in a single textbook. The main teaching materials are journal articles, which will be made available throughout the module.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Understand alternative theoretical, empirical, and methodological perspectives in the study of developmental psychology
8.2 Critically appraise research in cognitive development
8.3 Present and defend complex arguments and develop their own view on the most appropriate theoretical or methodological approach to each topic.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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