Education | Advanced Child Development
P623 | 6268 | Dr. Anne Stright
1. Byrnes, J. P. (2001). Minds, brains, and learning: Understanding
the psychological and educational relevance of neuroscientific
research. New York, NY: Guilford.
2. Siegel, D. J. (1999). The developing mind: How relationships and
the brain interact to shape who we are. New York, NY: Guilford.
3. Articles on electronic reserve via the Web at the following
1. Become familiar with the recent research in applied developmental
2. Apply this research to your field of study and profession
3. Develop oral and written communication skills
1. 2 short answer exams - each exam will be worth 30% of your grade
The exams will focus on the major themes of the course. I will make
it clear to you as we go through the course what questions I am
likely to ask on the exams. I will not test you on minor points,
instead I will emphasize the major concepts.
2. 5-page paper (see instructions on additional handout) 30% of your
4. 15-minute presentation on your paper 10% of your grade
Class Schedule and Readings
A * indicates that the reading is on electronic reserve at the
Sept. 2 Introduction
Sept. 4 Introduction
Byrnes Preface & Chapter 1 (pp. 1-9)
Siegel Preface & Chapter 1
Sept. 9 Genetics
*Johnston, T. D., & Edwards, L. (2002). Genes, interactions, and the
development of behavior. Psychological Review, 109, 26 - 34.
*Rutter, M. (2002). Nature, nurture, and development: From evangelism
through science toward policy and practice. Child Development, 73, 1 -
Sept. 11 Brain Development
Byrnes Chapter 1 (pp. 9-23) & Chapter 2
*Thompson, R. A., & Nelson, C. A. (2001). Developmental science and
the media: Early brain development. American Psychologist, 56, 5 -
*Kolb, B., Gibb, R., & Robinson, T. E. (2003). Brain plasticity and
behavior. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12, 1 - 5.
Sept. 16 Brain Development
Sept. 18 Memory
Byrnes Chapter 3
Siegel Chapter 2
Sept. 23 Attention
Byrnes Chapter 4
*Barkley, R. A. (1997). Behavioral inhibition, sustained attention,
and executive functions: Constructing a unifying theory of ADHD.
Psychological Bulletin, 121, 65 - 94.
*Barkley, R. A. (1998). Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Scientific American, 66 - 71.
Sept. 25 Reading
Byrnes Chapter 6
*Pennington, B. F. (1999). Toward an integrated understanding of
dyslexia: Genetic, neurological, and cogntive mechanisms. Development
and Psychopathology, 11, 629 - 654.
Sept. 30 Math Skills
Byrnes Chapter 7
*Geary, D. C. (1993). Mathematical disabilities: Cognitive,
neuropsychological, and genetic components. Psychological Bulletin,
114, 345 - 362.
Oct. 2 Summary
Byrnes Chapter 8
Oct. 7 Test 1
Siegel Chapter 3
Oct. 14 Attachment
Oct. 16 Emotion
Siegel Chapter 4
Byrnes Chapter 5
*Nemerfoff, C. B. (1998). The neurobiology of depression. Scientific
American, 42 - 49.
Oct. 21 Representations
Siegel Chapter 5
Oct. 23 States of Mind
Siegel Chapter 6
Oct. 28 Self-Regulation
Siegel Chapter 7
Oct. 30 Interpersonal Connection
Siegel Chapter 8
Nov. 4 Integration
Siegel Chapter 9
Nov. 6 Biology & Parenting
*Gallagher, K. C. (2002). Does child temperament moderate the
influence of parenting on adjustment? Developmental Review, 22, 623 -
*Lytton, H. (2000). Toward a model of family-environmental and child-
biological influences on development. Developmental Review, 20, 150 -
Nov. 11 Child Maltreatment
*Kaufman, J., & Charney, D. (2001). Effects of early stress on brain
structure and function: Implications for understanding the
relationship between child maltreatment and depression. Development
and Psychopathology, 13, 451 - 471.
*Teicher, M. H. (2002). Scars that won’t heal: The neurobiology of
child abuse. Scientific American, 68 - 75.
Nov. 13 Biology & Aggression
*DiLalla, L. F. (2002). Behavior genetics of aggression in children:
Review and future directions. Developmental Review, 22, 593 - 622.
Nov. 18 School Readiness
*Blair, C. (2002). School readiness: Integrating cognition and
emotion in a neurobiological conceptualization of children’s
functioning at school entry. American Psychologist, 57, 111 - 127.
Nov. 20 Test 2
Nov. 25 Presentations
Nov. 27 THANKSGIVING - NO CLASS
Dec. 2 Presentations
Dec. 4 Presentations
Dec. 9 Presentations
Dec. 11 Presentations
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