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Cognitive Development Course

Published: 10 November 2023

The goal of this course is to critically examine developmental theory, with a specific focus on cognitive development, from historical, empirical, cultural perspectives. In all discussions, we will emphasize universal and inclusive developmental approaches and strengths-based narratives for understanding the complex transactions among individuals and the multi-layered environmental systems in which they develop.  The challenges of incorporating issues of culture, context, and individual differences will all be addressed. In the latter part of the semester, we will examine examples of cutting-edge contemporary empirical research in cognitive development.

Instructor: Dr. Jacob Burack

Dr. Jacob A. (Jake) Burack is a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, Director of McGill Youth Study Team (MYST), Scientific Director of the Summit Centre for Education, Research (SCERT), and Training, and Co-Director of the Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW). Dr. Burack’s research focuses on two areas of study. One is the development of attention and cognition among typically developing children, autistic people, and persons with specific syndromes associated with intellectual disability. The other is the study of cultural identity and other predictors of academic success, social adaptation, and emotional well-being among First Nations adolescents from northern communities. His theoretical writing is primarily about the interface of typical and atypical development, and the contributions of developmental theory and methodology to the study of persons whose development is at-risk.

Contact: jake.burack [at]

Course Schedule: Jan 4, 2024 – Apr 12: 11:35 AM – 2:25 PM   |   Location: EDUC 216

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