Developing Brain: From Infancy to AdolescenceSemester Course

Major Discipline(s)
Human Development, Neuroscience, Psychology
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

A cognitive behavioral neuroscience perspective is used to explore the normal development of the child, from infancy to adolescence with regard to perception, attention, language, learning, memory, executive function, emotion, and social cognition. Brain structures and functions that support these processes developmentally, such as neuroplasticity and critical/sensitive periods are considered, as are the implications of culture and the social context. Scandinavian perspectives are considered where applicable.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Education / Educational Studies, Pre-Medicine / Health Science


Joshua Juvrud

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Psychology (Uppsala University). As a research psychologist, his work has focused on the ways that novel techniques in research (eye-tracking, pupil dilation, virtual reality) can be used to assess how children and adults perceive and interpret people, emotions, and actions. Josh focuses this research in two fields. In developmental psychology at the Child and Babylab in Uppsala, he seeks to understand how children learn about their world and the social cognitive development of face perception and socialization processes such as gender, race, and ethnicity. In games research at the Games & Society Lab at the Department of Game Design in Visby, Gotland, his work examines the psychology of people, their actions, and emotions in game development, player engagement, learning, and immersion to understand better how different game players (with different personalities, traits, and experiences) interact with various game mechanisms and are, in turn, affected by game experiences. With DIS since 2020.