Development of Cognitive Functions



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The main objective of this course is to deliver a state-of-the-art overview on the developmental perspectives of research on perception, attention, control processes, memory and language. The emergence of different memory processes Memory is one of the most important higher order cognitive capacities that – in its complex form – serves different functions and seems to be human-specific. The main focus of the course is to highlight the cooperation and specific role of different memory systems in distinct mnemonic performances, through normal functioning, and through the development of different susystems and the process of their integration. Moreover, the theoretical framework of the course tries to incorporate interdisciplinary debates with the aim of conveying more sophisticated understanding of the emergent human memory.

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  • Bauer, P., Wenner, J.A., Dropik, P.L., Wewerka, S.S. (2000): Parameters of remembering and forgetting in the transition from infancy to early childhood, Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development Serial No. 263., Vol. 65. No. 4.
  • Moore, C., Lemmon, K. (2000): The Self in Time: Developmental Perspectives, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Nelson, K., Fivush, R. (2004): The emergence of autobiographical memory: A social cultural developmental theory, Psychological Review Vol. 111 No. 2 486-511.