Developmental Psychology

PSYCH 4684 002

Fall 2003
MWF 1:00-1:50PM -- Fine Arts, Rm. N141

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NEW:Final Study Guide

Instructor: Eliana Colunga
Office: Muenzinger Room D447-B
Office Phone: 303-492-4282
Office Hours: T 10-11 and by appointment
Teaching Assistant: Lara Ray
Office:Muenzinger Room D320-D
Office Phone: 303-735-6144
Office Hours: W 2-3 and by appointment


Siegler, R., Delaoche, J., & Eisenberg, N. (2003). How Children Develop (1st Ed). New York, NY:Worth Publishers

Course Goals


Your learning in this class will be assesed by short in-class assignments which may or may not involve homework, a final project, a midterm and a final exam.

Final Course Grades

The total possible number of points you can earn is:
Assignments 250 (25 assignments @ 10 points each)
Final Project 30
Midterm 50
Final Exam 50
Total 380
- 30 (your three lowest scores)
*Note that the actual number of assignments may be a few more or less depending on the pace of this particular group of students.

Letter grades will be assigned as follows, based on your percentage of the total possible points after dropping your four lowest scores on quizzes and assignments.

A+ = 98-100 B+ = 88-89 C+ = 78-79 D+ = 68-69
A = 92-97 B = 82-87 C = 72-77 D = 62-67
A- = 90-91 B- = 80-81 C- = 70-71 D- = 60-61
F < 60

Other information


A grade of incomplete will be given only if (1) all completed work is satisfactory (i.e., C- or better) and (2) there is a valid reason that you cannot complete the course. If you would like to be considered for an incomplete, contact me as soon as you know.

Statement about disabilities

If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to me a letter from Disability Services (DS) early in the semester so that your needs may be addressed. DS determines accommodations based on documented disabilities (303-492-8671, Willard 322,

Academic dishonesty

Students are expected to adhere to the University of Colorado Student Honor Code for every assignment and exam in this class. Honor code information is at

Classroom behavior policy

The information on classroom behavior policy can be found at However, in addition to not being incredibly disruptive and obnoxious in class, I expect you to be on time for class meetings, not read newspapers or magazines in the classroom, not disrupt the class with conversation, interact with fellow students in a respectful manner during class discussions, ask questions when you don't understand the material, and communicate complaints, criticisms and suggestions either personally or anonymously to the instructor and/or teaching assistant.


Week 1 Aug 25-29 Issues and Theories of Development Ch. 1, pp 2-24
M Syllabus, Issues in Developmental Psychology
W Theories of Development hw1:Theorist Table
F cw1: Analyzing situations from different theorists' perspectives
Week 2 Sep 1-5 Methods for Studying Development Ch. 1, pp 24-37
Sep 1, No class
M No Class - Labor Day
W Methods of Development
F From research question to results - an example hw2: Results to Conclusions
Week 3 Sep 8-12 Prenatal Development & the Newborn Ch. 2
M Prenatal Development
W Teratogens cw2:Prevalence of Teratogens
F The newborn cw3: The newborn driving its own development - smiling and crying
Week 4 Sep 15-19 Brain and Motor Development Ch. 3, pp 100-108,
Ch. 5, pp 183-189
M Brain Development
W Motor development hw3:Milestones and the new environments they bring
F cw4: Different cultural practices and motor development
Week 5 Sep 22-26 Perceptual Development Ch. 5 pp 171-181,
M Perception, (6xpage)
W Learning, (4xpage) for cw5:Toys
F cw5: Good Toys, Bad Toys hw4:Read research article
Week 6 Sep 29-Oct 3 Theories of Cognitive Development Ch. 4
Oct 3, No class
M Theories of Cognitive Development, (6xpage)
W cw6:Do Newborns Imitate?
F No Class - Fall Break
Week 7 Oct 6-10 Cognitive Development Ch. 5 pp 199-205
M Imitation observation hw5:Literature Search
W Different theories on A-not-B
F cw7:Another puzzle: Conservation hw6:Language Milestones
Week 8 Oct 13-17 Language Development Ch. 6 pp 211-241
M Intro to Language, (4xpage)
W Learning Words, (6xpage);cw8:SLI: an intervention? hw7:CHILDES:a research question
F hw7:CHILDES:results
Week 9 Oct 20-24 Non-linguistic Symbols Ch. 6 pp 242-247
M Non-linguistic Symbols, (4xpage)
W cw9:Scale Model Task
F Oct 24 Midterm ; Midterm Study Guide
Week 10 Oct 27-31 Conceptual Development Ch. 7 pp. 253-269
M Concepts and Categories, (4xpage)
W Knowledge of Living Things, (4xpage) ; cw10:The concept of Animacy
F Knowledge of Other People, (4xpage) hw8:Autism and Theory of Mind
Week 11 Nov 10-14 Social Development Ch. 9, Ch. 10 pp. 387-394
M Theories of Social Development, (4xpage)
W Final Project; cw11:Gender
F Temperament Observation, (4xpage) cw12:Temperament and environment
Week 12 Nov 3-7 Emotional Development and Attachment Ch. 10, 11
M Emotional Development, (4xpage)
W Attachment, (4xpage) ; cw13:Attachment and Temperament
F cw14: Culture and Attachment hw9:Observe parent-child interaction
Week 13 Nov 17-21 Family & Peer Relations Ch. 12, 13
M Family, (4xpage)
W Peer relations, (4xpage) cw15:Daycare:Popular vs. Scientific media
F cw15:Daycare:Popular vs. Scientific media
Week 14 Nov 24-28 Putting it All Together Ch. 15
Nov 28, No Class
M Putting it all together, (4xpage) hw10:How to make better babies
W Putting it all together - discussion
F Thanksgiving Day, No Class
Week 15 Dec 1-5 Culture, Society, and Development - student presentations
M Warlpiri, Beng, Korean, Chinese (was Beng)
W Turkish, Spanish (now Torang)
F Balinese, Dutch
Week 16 Dec 8-12
Presentations continued
M Puritan, Fulani, Traditional Japanese
W Ifaluk, Italian (now Warlpiri)
Monday 12/15 Review
Final Exam, Tues Dec. 16, 1:30-4:00PM
Final Study Guide