Psychology (Developmental Psychology) OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Class on Developmental Psychology by UC Berkeley

Published Feb 08, 2009

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The University of California - Berkeley Department of Psychology has made the 'Developmental Psychology' course audio lectures available as a free OpenCourseWare. This undergraduate course covers the basics of the psychology of human development, focusing on infancy through middle childhood. Course materials are beneficial to any student interested in psychology or child development.

Developmental Psychology: Course Specifics

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Developmental Psychology: Course Description

Understanding how children develop can aid in the understanding of how to raise well-balanced, productive individuals as well as provide some universal insights into human nature. Professor Alison Gopnik's course 'Developmental Psychology' attempts to do just that. Over the course of nearly 30 lectures, Professor Gopnik of UC Berkeley discusses relevant topics, including developmental psychology methods, how genetics affect development and the role of early childhood education on development. She challenges students to relate everyday experiences with children to the topics discussed in the course. Her lectures try to interrelate separate areas of psychology, such as cognition and social relationships, with developmental psychology. Textbooks recommended for the course include The Development of Children by Michael Cole, Sheila R. Cole and Cynthia Lightfoot and The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind by Alison Gopnik, Andrew N. Meltzoff and Patricia K. Kuhl.

This OpenCourseWare includes 28 audio lectures. To download the lectures or to learn more, visit the developmental psychology course page.

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