Typical and Atypical Social Cognition Across the Lifespan module (PY52002)

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Gain advanced, critical understanding of social cognition in neurotypical and atypical (e.g., Autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s disease, dementia) populations across the lifespan; examining how social cognitive skills (including social cognition and executive functions) change and develop with advancing age, from middle childhood to older adulthood, and how this differs across typical and atypical development.

Become familiar with the common methodologies and paradigms used to study development of social cognitive skills (e.g., Theory of Mind, executive functions, introspection), and to develop understanding of the different research approaches used across clinical/non-clinical populations/different age groups.

Examine the impact of changes in social cognitive skills across development on real-world experiences (e.g., in predicting successful social interaction outcomes).

Critically evaluate relevant research and contrast competing theories.

Topics usually include:

  • assessing social cognitive skills in developmental disorders
  • changes in social cognition during adolescence and how social cognition changes across adulthood
  • social cognition in older age
  • the neural basis of social cognition
  • evaluating methods used to assess social cognition abilities and the limitations of these methods
  • factors underlying successful social cognition abilities


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