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Brain and Cognitive Development


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Professor Natasha Kirkham
  • Assessment: presentation of a discussion article (5%), a 1500-2000-word essay (35%) and an examination (60%)

Module description

In this module we explore the relationship between brain development and cognitive development and how the development of cognitive abilities in infancy could be connected to processes of brain development.

Indicative syllabus

  • Theories of childhood cognitive development
  • How the brain develops
  • Methods in cognitive neuroscience

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • present a clear picture of proposed mechanisms underlying developmental processes
  • describe the key milestones in the development of children's thinking
  • reflect critically on the link between brain and cognition.