Developmental psychology is concerned with the behavioral, affective, and cognitive characteristics of human beings from conception to death. Major research issues in the field include categorization and concept formation, environmental influences on development, temperament, age changes in information processing, peer relationships, family relationships, social cognition, gender roles, memory development, and moral development. Researchers study infants, young children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Both experimental studies and studies in natural settings are conducted by developmental researchers. For many years the graduate program in developmental psychology has provided training for individuals who have then taken professional positions in colleges, universities, research institutions, and other settings (e.g., medical centers). The program offers students both rigorous research training and supervised experience in undergraduate teaching. For more information on this exciting opportunity in psychology, please contact the Psychology Graduate Admissions Office. For general inquiries and questions pertaining to our Developmental Psychology courses or research, please call (765) 494-6928 or send us an e-mail.
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