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Psychology (PSY)
139 Straub Hall, 541-346-4921
College of Arts & Sciences
G - Pre-major, major, or minor are required to take this course graded to be applied to major/minor requirements
M - Major, minor, pre-major, or concentration restrictions. If restricted by date, click on CRN to see effective dates; courses with no date are restricted through the registration deadline. Contact the academic department for additional information.
Course Data
  PSY 479   Infancy 4.00 cr.
Mechanisms and processes that underlie and promote rapid changes in physical, cognitive, and linguistic capabilities, from birth to 24 months. Covers innovative methodologies and cultural attitudes toward infants.
Grading Options: Optional; see degree guide or catalog for degree requirements
Instructor: Ablow JE-mail Office:   475 Straub Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-4554
Only Open to Majors: Psychology
See CRN for CommentsPrereqs/Comments: Prereq: PSY 303; one course from PSY 308, PSY 376.
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  35095 11 45 1200-1320 mw 112 ESL Ablow J !MG

Final Exam:

1015-1215 m 6/10 112 ESL
Academic Deadlines
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May 19:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
Human infancy is a remarkable period in each of our lives that none of us can remember for ourselves. The human infant is a fascinating combination of helplessness and powerful potential, of preprogrammed responses and resilient plasticity. For parents, the advent of a newborn can bring untold joy while wreaking havoc on daily routines and healthy sleep schedules. The pace of change during infancy – which we will define as the period from birth to 24 months -- seems nearly explosive: newborns with little voluntary control transform into walking, talking dynamos by age two. How can we account for the rapidity of change during this crucial period in human development? In what ways do prenatal experiences set the stage for subsequent developmental outcomes? How do cultural attitudes and approaches toward infants vary, and what is the significance of such differences for development? What kinds of parenting practices best promote infants’ well-being? What accounts for human infants outstripping the infants of other species in cognitive and linguistic development? What is unique about the human infants’ brain? These are among the questions we will consider in this course. A particular focus will be mechanisms and processes that underlie and promote infant development across domains. We will also examine a range of innovative new methodologies that in recent years have provided a novel window into the inner workings of the infant mind. I hope you will come away from the course with a host of new information, an appreciation for what psychological science can reveal about fundamental issues concerning human nature and human capability, and an awareness of the many important topics of investigation about infancy that are as yet still in their infancy.
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