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This course provides an introduction to lifespan developmental psychology, emphasising recent theory and research. It is not possible to cover all aspects of human lifespan development within any one course, and so lectures will feature key issues, sometimes focusing on some age ranges more than others, but using examples from other ages. Throughout, the course will emphasise developmental psychology as a research discipline. Students will learn to understand and think critically about theoretical issues and empirical research and to communicate this understanding.

Delivery consists of a standard lecture format and accompanying tutorials. Visitors to the course will observe the lecturer using a range of strategies to engage the students including the acting out of examples of experiments, and the use of UQWordCloud, UQWordStream and UQPoll as mechanisms to interact with students in class.

Mark Nielsen is an Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology and Deputy Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, and a Senior Research Associate of the University of Johannesburg.

Mark has studied a range of inter-related aspects of socio-cognitive development in young human children and nonhuman primates, with his research primarily focused on charting the origins and development of the human cultural mind. He is also interested in how culture shapes the way children develop and has set up field sites in remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Southern Africa. A/Prof Nielsen has published over 50 articles and is an associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Mark's lectures in this course are: March 21 – Child development in a cross-cultural context May 2 – Pretending, theory of mind and autism May 16 – Child development and media exposure May 30 – Religion and child development

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