Psychology | Theories of Development
P657 | 3596 | E. Thelen


The central question in developmental psychology is the origins of new
forms of behavior. The perennial "nature-nurture" debate is still
alive, albeit in theoretically sophisticated form, and usually
centered on the nature of human cognition.  In this seminar, we read
and discuss classic and contemporary theories of development, with a
focus on how successfully theories address developmental change.  A
second focus is on what developmental process can tell us about
cognition.  Topics will include Piaget (lots!), neoPiagetians,
nativist theory, ecological theory, selectionism, constructivism,
connectionism and dynamic systems.  Students will write a short essay
for each class around an assigned question.