She taught at mit psychology department department of brain and cognitive sciences from 1973 1996 at nyu psychology department from 1996 2001 and has been at harvard psychology department since 2001 where she cofounded the laboratory for developmental studies with elizabeth spelke. Social cognition is a sub topic of social psychology that focuses on how people process store and apply information about other people and social situations it focuses on the role that cognitive processes play in our social interactions. Phd in cognitive social and developmental psychology the cognitive social and developmental psychology phd program emphasizes the role context plays in shaping cognition and behavior focusing on social factors culture the body and the situation. Developmental psychologists study changes in human development across the lifespan including physical cognitive social intellectual perceptual personality and emotional growth for teachers an advanced degree in psychology is the foundation of many interesting career paths within the discipline. Jean piagets theory of cognitive development piagets theory of cognitive development detailed observational studies of cognition in children and a series of simple but ingenious tests to reveal different cognitive abilities the influence of piagets ideas in developmental psychology has been enormous he changed how people viewed
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