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Description of the Program:
Areas of Study
Lifespan Development Field
The Developmental program at Brock University provides opportunities for graduate students to study social, emotional, cognitive and neuropsychological development from a variety of perspectives in both typically and atypically developing individuals across the lifespan. Collectively, our faculty use a variety of techniques to study development, including psychophysiological (e.g., EEG/ERP, cortisol, heart rate), eye-tracking technology, behavioural measures in laboratory settings, structured observations in a simulated home environment, analysis of large-sample community-based databases, computerized tasks designed to measure perceptual and intellectual development and psychophysiological markers of arousal in the context of social interaction.
Individual students in developmental psychology typically specialize in a particular area of development (e.g., social cognitive, perceptual, psychopathology) or in a particular developmental stage. However, we are committed to enabling students to study development using an interdisciplinary approach, exemplified by research opportunities with developmental faculty in Behavioural Neuroscience who use electrophysiological and psychophysiological indices of memory, attention, and arousal within a developmental context.
Additional opportunities are available through associations with the Faculty of Education and in Brock's interdisciplinary Department of Child and Youth Studies. Developmental research is also emphasized in the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement. Developmental research is also emphasized in the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement. These associated departments and research initiatives provide unique opportunities for research and thesis collaboration.
Goals of the Program
The goal of the Lifespan Development Program is to prepare students for careers in academic, research, and applied settings by providing both a broad background in developmental principles and expertise in contemporary approaches to the understanding of human development. Students work closely with a faculty mentor and a supervisory committee; they are encouraged to pursue opportunities to conduct research with other faculty members and graduate students in order to achieve breadth. Students are expected to disseminate their research findings through publications in peer-review journals and through participation in national and international conferences. Travel awards and travel assistance are readily available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Psychology Department, and faculty mentors.
Nature of the Program
The core faculty in the Lifespan Development Program have active, productive research labs with international reputations. The faculty research programs represent diverse facets of developmental psychology and are supported by funding agencies such as NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, and CFI. Our new, state-of-the art Lifespan Development Research Centre facilitates interactions among research groups.
Lifespan Development Research Labs