Developmental Social Neuroscience is a relatively young discipline in Developmental Psychology. It became established in record time due to the relevance of the research in this domain for our understanding of human social and emotional development.
The aims of this module are: a) to provide an in depth understanding of theories, concepts, and methods of the developmental social neuroscience; b) to discuss and employ concepts with regard to several topics of investigation; c) to provide a comprehensive overview of current research trends in the developmental social neuroscience.
Students enrolling on this module should demonstrate a good understanding of core knowledge in cognitive psychology, as well as intermediate skills in quantitative statistical analyses.
Module learning outcomes
Review, with some guidance, some of the topics under debate in the developmental social neuroscience;
Analyse and assess the value of the social neuroscience approaches for the understanding of key issues in developmental psychology;
Describe and evaluate different examples of empirical evidence in developmental social neuroscience;
Illustrate and discuss, with some direction, the debated nature of the knowledge concerning the development of action perception, emotion information processing, emotion regulation, play, and antisocial behaviour as resulted from applying social neuroscience paradigms.
Manage and synthesise information, recognize relevance of literature and develop sustained and reasoned argument from a range of sources
Formulate and communicate personal views regarding the discussed topics in developmental social neuroscience
What is developmental social neuroscience? Theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches.
The development of visual and auditory emotional information processing.
Emotion regulation development during infancy and childhood.
The development of biological motion perception.
Empathy and pro-social behaviour development.
Origins and development of aggressive and antisocial behaviour.