PSYCH 240B - Proseminar: Emotional, Social, and Psychopathological Development

Survey of current research and theory on the origins and maintenance of normal and pathological socioemotional development in infancy. Exploration of biological, psychological, familial, and cultural factors affecting social and emotional development through childhood and adolescence. Focus of the course includes how normal or pathological trajectories are maintained in some children, while others shift into or out of clinically diagnosable disorders. Class Notes: Class Description This pro-seminar is designed to provide a solid foundation for understanding current research and theorizing on emotional development and attachment (the latter viewed from a life-span perspective). The course will cover fundamental principles of correct inference in psychological research, a presentation designed to ground participants in the basic issues in contemporary research on emotion and emotional development, and then cover basic theories and research on the latter. The course is designed to integrate the two separate but related halves of the Proseminar, such that the work on emotional development flows directly into ethological attachment theory-- which is the dominant approach in developmental psychology today. The ethological attachment approach will cover the seminal findings of ethology on matters related to socioemotional development, the groundbreaking work by Ainsworth, Sroufe and others on the origins and sequelae to early secure and insecure attachments. Additionally, we will cover crucial work on the Adult Attachment Interview, which work was generated by two of the faculty in this course. Students will be expected to read approximately 70 pages for each meeting (although at times the number of pages may exceed the targeted 70). Students will prepare a brief 1-2 page critique of the readings assigned each week, and are expected to participate indiscussion of the week’s issues. The brief critiques will be scored as acceptable (or not). There will be a final examination, based on questions assigned prior to the scheduled examination date.For further information, contact Prof. Joseph Campos at
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