DEVELOPMENTAL COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE

Second cycle degree in DEVELOPMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2017)

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: TERESA FARRONI

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge on general Cognitive functions like: perception, attention, language and memory
Examination methods: The exam will be oral and in English
Course unit contents: We will consider questions such as: What is the nature of developmental change? What are the brain mechanisms underlying cognitive, perceptual, social, and emotional development during infancy and childhood? We will also evaluate implications of findings from developmental cognitive neuroscience for broader scientific issues including nature vs. nurture, critical periods in development, and the modularity of mental functions. An integral part of the course will be careful consideration of the major methods of developmental cognitive neuroscience including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), recordings of evoked response potentials (ERPs), and behavioral marker tasks. We will devote particular attention to the unique challenges of applying these methods to the study of infants and children in typical and atypical development.