12 August 2016
Early Programming: How Early Life Shapes Human Development
During the prenatal and early postnatal years, neurobiological and behavioral development proceeds at a breathtaking pace and is highly sensitive to environmental influence. Early experience shapes early and long-term development. This course focuses on the effects of early experience on human development, and more specifically, on health, cognition, physiology and socio-emotional development. Factors that play a role in our development will be approached from different perspectives, with special attention to evolutionary, biological, psychological and social perspectives.
The course is intrinsically interdisciplinary and will cover a broad range of topics. The programme will consist of lectures and a variety of individual and small group assignments that will be discussed in plenary sessions. Students will receive a reader with a selection of literature.
The assignments include:
- designing a research project
- critically reviewing literature
- resolving research problems
- watching documentaries and discussing them
- reflecting on ethical issues
- brainstorming about the future of the field
- Early life stress, including maternal stress during pregnancy
- Epigenetic mechanisms
- Evolutionary theories, including Life History Theory and Parent-Offspring Conflict Theory
- Hormones and physiology
- Early caregiving environment, including quality of parenting and non-parental care
- Health, including intestinal microbiota
- Early prevention and intervention
Prof. dr. C. de Weerth
Professor / Associate chair
Developmental Psychology Behavioural Science Institute
Master and PhD students of Psychology, Biology, Medicine or related fields.
After this course you will:
- have knowledge and understanding of the effects of early experience on a broad range of developmental outcomes.
- be familiar with possible evolutionary, biological, psychological and social mechanisms underlying these effects.
- be aware of critical issues in the recent field of programming research.
- be able to critically analyze recent literature on the course subjects.
- be able to apply the recently acquired knowledge into the design of new research, and into discussion your own ideas and stand points on this field of research.
EUR 450: The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.
10% discount for early bird applicants. The early bird deadline is 1 April 2016.
15% discount for students and PhD candidates from Radboud University and partner universities.
EUR 195: Housing (optional)