9.85 Infant and Early Childhood Cognition

As taught in: Fall 2005

Two line drawings of infants at different stages of development.

Infants interact differently with agents and objects. By 2 months, babies greet a new object by reaching, a new person by cooing. (Figure by MIT OpenCourseWare.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Laura Schulz

Course Features

Course Description

This course is an introduction to cognitive development focusing on children's understanding of objects, agents, and causality. Students develop a critical understanding of experimental design and how developmental research might address philosophical questions about the origins of knowledge, appearance and reality, and the problem of other minds.