Human Development Program 1 Fall, 2005 http://crl.ucsd.edu/courses/hdp1 All slides are online People Instructor: Jeff Elman (email@example.com) CSB 271; M: 9-10; Th: 9-10 TAs: Iris An (firstname.lastname@example.org) AP&M Annex 2839E; W: 2-3 Alycia Cummings (email@example.com) APM prime 1856; Tu: 1-2 Beth Peterson (firstname.lastname@example.org) AP&M Annex 2840; Tu: 9:30-10:30 Elizabeth Rodrigues (email@example.com) LBR 405; Tu 12:30-1:30 A02 M 9:00a - 9:50a SEQUO 147 Beth Peterson A03 M 1:00p - 1:50p CENTR 217B Beth Peterson A04 M 2:00p - 2:50p CENTR 217B Elizabeth Rodrigues A05 W 3:00p - 3:50p CENTR 217B Alycia Cummings A06 W 4:00p - 4:50p CENTR 217B Iris An A08 W 8:00a - 8:50a HSS 2150 Iris An A09 F 2:00p - 2:50p HSS 2150 Alycia Cummings A11 W 12:00p - 12:50p HSS 2154 Elizabeth Rodrigues Website http://crl.ucsd.edu/courses/hdp1 Contains: Explanation of requirements Schedule of lectures & exams On-line readings On-line powerpoint of lectures Requirements • Midterm: 30 pts. (Tu, 11/1) • Final: 45 pts. (Tu, 12/6; 11:30am-2:30pm) • Homework: 15 pts. (approx. 1/week) • Section 10 pts. (attendance & participation) Section attendance is required. No sections this week HDP and this course • What is the Human Development Program? • This course: – Structure (lectures & sections) – Issues we will be dealing with Human Development Program • Anthropology • Biology • Cognitive Science • Communication • Ethnic Studies • History • Linguistics • Literature • Psychology • Sociology • Teacher Education Program • Urban Studies. Human Development Program • What underlies the development of human knowledge? • To what extent is the capacity to know, indeed the concepts themselves, encoded in the genes? • How is the role of learning and environmental influences accounted for? • How do we learn? • What are the ways in which children become competent participants in their social groups? • What is the origin and nature of social interaction and organization? Human Development Program • Website: http://hdp.ucsd.edu/ • Office: AP&M Annex 2938 phone: 534-9919 • Program requirements: http://hdp.ucsd.edu/program.shtml Course schedule WEEK 0 Th 9/22 Introduction to course (Jeff Elman, Dept. of Cognitive Science) WEEK 1 Tu, 9/27 Infancy and Evolution (Jim Moore, Dept. of Anthropology) Th 9/29 The History of Childhood (Stefan Tanaka, Dept. of History) WEEK 2 Tu 10/4 Genes, Brain Development and Behavior (Leslie Carver, Dept. of Psychology) Th 10/6 Brain Development: The Basics (Joan Stiles, Dept. of Cognitive Science) WEEK 3 Tu 10/11 Motor Development (Joan Stiles, Dept. of Cognitive Science) Th 10/13 Development of Visual Perception (Karen Dobkins, Dept. of Psychology) WEEK 4 Tu 10/18 Conceptual Development (Gedeon Deak, Dept. of Cognitive Science) Th 10/20 Social Development (Gail Heyman, Dept. of Psychology) WEEK 5 Tu 10/25 Autism (Aubyn Stahmer, Children’s Hospital) Th 10/27 Midterm Review WEEK 6 Tu 11/1 MIDTERM Th 11/3 First Language Acquisition (Farrell Ackerman, Dept. of Linguistics) WEEK 7 Tu 11/8 Cross-cultural perspectives (Mike Cole, Dept. of Communications) Th 11/10 Evaluating educational reform (Julian Betts, Dept. of Economics) WEEK 8 Tu 11/15 Brain Development and Plasticity (Joan Stiles, Dept. of Cognitive Science) Th 11/17 Second Language Acquisition (Grant Goodall, Dept. of Linguistics) WEEK 9 Tu 11/22 Modeling Development (Jeff Elman, Dept. of Cognitive Science) Th 11/24 THANKSGIVING WEEK 10 Tu 11/29 Aging (Jeanne Townsend, Dept. of Neurosciences) Th 12/1 REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM Final exam Tu 12/6 11:30am – 2:30pm in York 2722 Issues in this class • What is development? • Development occurs at many levels • Nature vs. Nurture ← • Emergentism • Why development? • Implications for public policy What is development? • Maturation • Learning • Adaptation • Evolution Development occurs at many levels • Biological – genes; nervous system; motor system • Ontogenetic – Intellectual; emotional; linguistic; social • Socio-cultural (and evolutionary) From conception to death… Nature & Nurture • What is nature? • What is nurture? • What do genes do? What is the effect of experience? 3 lessons The “Gene for X” fallacy Less DNA More DNA mossy cells muscle cells pyramidal cells sperm cells Purkinje cell Genetic conservatism The power of the environment from butterfly host from alderfly host Trichogramma (wasp) from butterfly host from alderfly host Trichogramma (wasp) Emergentism • The whole is greater than the sum of its parts • Interactions create complexity • Outcomes are not easily predictable • Multiple sources of causation • A prime example: Language Why development? • Is development inevitable? – Precocial vs. Altricial species • Development is costly & dangerous • Does development solve any problems? Implications for policy • Development matters… • Adults and society matter… • What is beneficial? What is harmful?
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