Cognition in Infants and Children

School of Psychology

College of Life and Environmental Sciences


Code 08660

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

Topics to be covered:
1. Introduction.
2. Piagetian theory.
3. Criticisms of Piaget.
4. Information processing theories.
5. Memory 1.
6. Memory 2.
7. Space & Time.
8. Number.
9. Mind.
10. Integration.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:
1. Identify the similarities and differences between methods and topics in cognitive development and those in adult cognitive psychology
2. Use appropriate examples to discuss the relative strengths and weaknesses of Piagetian and information processing accounts of cognitive development
3. Use appropriate examples to evaluate the extent to which there are quantitative and qualitative dimensions to development
4. Use experimental evidence to evaluate different accounts of the development of memory, and of space, time, number, and mind concepts

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and workshops