Cognitive Development in Social Context: Experiments and App

A guide to understanding of how children learn and how we can help them to become more independent and creative people
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Understand how children’s minds develop in the modern world, and how social environment influences this development

Requirements

  • No special skills are required, but some knowledge of psychology at an introductory level might be useful

Description

In this course, I am going to tell you my story of how children’s minds develop in the modern world, and how their social environment influences this development. In this story, I will not be following the existing handbooks on children’s cognitive development. Rather, my aim is to illuminate and illustrate some ideas, which in my view are central for understanding this development.

I will start this course with discussing the issue of how some ideas of Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky can help us understand recent discoveries of infants’ extraordinary cognitive abilities.

I will continue with presenting some models on how our ability to learn new things and develop our minds works.

I will then illustrate these models by presenting and discussing research on the development of perception, thinking and executive function.

I will finish this course by presenting and discussing extended psychological-pedagogical programs aimed to enhance independence and creativity of children’s judgment and behavior in the classroom through facilitating their ability to resist the urge of imitating confusing social signals.

The course includes four sections, eight lectures supplied with relevant readings, and a quiz. Lectures contain author’s text, author’s videos, a video with a child performing on an executive control task, graphs and animated pictures.

I built this course for students in social sciences, specialists in education, child care, medicine, writers for children and all those who want to learn more about topics on children’s cognitive development that they will not be able find in most traditional handbooks.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is meant for students in social sciences, specialists in education, child care, medicine, writers for children and all those who want to learn more about topics on children’s cognitive development that they will not be able find in most traditional handbooks

Course content

4 sections8 lectures1h 39m total length
  • Cognitive Development in Social Context: Experiments and Applications Introducti
    03:48
  • Infant cognition through the prism of development. Vygotsky's developmental theo
    15:53

Instructor

PhD in Developmental Psychology
Eugene Subbotsky
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Eugene Subbotsky obtained a PhD in Developmental Psychology at Moscow State University. He taught at Moscow State University, Russia (1975-1990), Lancaster University, UK (1991-2013) and was an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow at Konstanz University, West Germany (1990-1991). He is known internationally for research on children's moral development, the development of children's metaphysical reasoning, and the development of magical thinking and behaviour over life span. He conducted research in Russia, Germany, United Kingdom, USA and Mexico. He published over 100 papers in scientific journals and is the author of 12 books, including those published by Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, and Psychology Press. Eugene is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a BPS charted psychologist, a Member of the BPS Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology.