9.85 Infant and Early Childhood Cognition

Fall 2005

Infants interact differently with agents and objects.
Infants interact differently with agents and objects. By 2 months, babies greet a new object by reaching, a new person by cooing. (Figure by MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features downloadable lecture slides in the lecture notes section and a complete bibliography of readings.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to cognitive development focusing on children's understanding of objects, agents, and causality. Students develop a critical understanding of experimental design and how developmental research might address philosophical questions about the origins of knowledge, appearance and reality, and the problem of other minds.
Donate Now


Prof. Laura Schulz

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session