Psychology 341 W
Daniel Messinger, Ph.D.
Introducing social and emotional
Introducing what and how we will study
social and emotional development
Social and emotional development are
Emotional development typically studied
in social contexts.
We are social beings, living with others,
thinking about others, motivated by
A human brain without a social upbringing
is similar to a cabbage.
One chimpanzee is no chimpanzee.
Importance of social
Development is never in isolation
Infants have physical need for caregiving
As mammals, our infants will not survive unless
we feed them, change them, keep them warm.
Harlow: Rhesus monkeys raised with food but
without social contact become
inept social partners
aggressive or fearful
have trouble finding mates.
Scope of social
Social development is attaining the
capacity to fill social roles
Topics typically include family and peer
relationships, sex roles, self-control, moral
development, and resilience in the face of
Emotions may motivate all human
Emotions involve appraisals, feelings,
autonomic responses, cerebral activity,
and actions including facial and vocal
These often occur in a social context.
Includes changes in all the constituents
Typically involves study of the
emergence of different emotional
responses, and the socialization of
Emotional development within a social
context is the course’s first topic.
Course in a Nutshell
Intensive study of several areas of
Intensive reading of original sources,
writing about the original sources, and
discussion of the original sources.
A lot of internet stuff.
Critical questions class-by-class
Focus of class sessions
Critical questions, final project
Select for in-depth study
Honors credit available
Requirements for next class
Choose a preliminary idea for a final paper
Bring this to class
Send this idea to the class using Blackboard
Register your email with the University to have access to
This is a research-oriented class
You will be reading and writing about original
You will be expected to complete a mini-research
project as part of this class
Your guess for a final project topic
Or what you are narrowing it down to
Or what you definitely don’t want to do