9.85 Infant and Early Childhood Cognition

Fall 2005

Infants interact differently with agents and objects.
Infants interact differently with agents and objects. By 2 months, babies greet a new object by reaching, a new person by cooing. (Figure by MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features downloadable lecture slides in the lecture notes section and a complete bibliography of readings.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to cognitive development focusing on children's understanding of objects, agents, and causality. Students develop a critical understanding of experimental design and how developmental research might address philosophical questions about the origins of knowledge, appearance and reality, and the problem of other minds.
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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Laura Schulz

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Level

Undergraduate