LINGUIST List 32.1259

Fri Apr 09 2021

Summer Schools: Baby and Child Research Center: Development from Pregnancy to Preschool / Online

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 08-Apr-2021
From: Lena Ackermann <>
Subject: Baby and Child Research Center: Development from Pregnancy to Preschool / Online
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Host Institution: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Dates: 05-Jul-2021 - 09-Jul-2021
Location: Online, Online, Netherlands

Focus: This course focuses on early development from different perspectives, including early language acquisition.
Minimum Education Level: BA
Special Qualifications: The course is open to students at the master and PhD levels

***This course will be held fully online***

Babies and young children are amazing: Born seemingly helpless, they reach important cognitive and linguistic milestones within the first years of life and transform into totally different creatures. How can this be? In recent decades, the field of infant studies has made great progress when it comes to understanding these impressive developmental changes. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly clear that the first years of life have a long-lasting impact on cognitive and psychosocial outcomes: Our experiences in early childhood shape our subsequent health and brain development.
This course will bring together basic developmental research and its practical applications.

In the first part of the course, experienced instructors with a background in early childhood research and its theoretical and methodological intricacies will equip participants with state-of-the-art knowledge in developmental psychobiology, social-cognitive development and language development. This more theoretical part of the course will be complemented by digital lab tours of the different labs of the Baby & Child Research Center (BRC) and demos of various research tools (such as eye-tracking, EEG, motion tracking and fNIRS).

In the second part, participants will use their knowledge to tackle questions at the intersection of theory and practice. Novel insights from basic research into the early years can help practitioners and policymakers make decisions that help children grow up to be happy and healthy. However, the translation from research to practice is not always easy. Basic research often focuses on specific, narrow questions, while practitioners tend to look at the bigger picture. This part of the course is highly interactive and hands-on: Under the guidance of our instructors, small groups (“think tanks”) of participants will develop their own applied research project. Each think tank choses a topic of interest, reviews relevant literature, and develops advice for practitioners based on research findings. The week-long course will culminate in a mini-symposium where each think tank presents their work to the group.

This course is for you if you have a background in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, educational science or an adjacent field and an interest in developmental research beyond the ivory tower. You will gain a deeper understanding of current topics in developmental science and their relation to the challenges practitioners and policymakers face.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                      Language Acquisition

Tuition: 295 EURO
Registration: 08-Apr-2021 to 30-Apr-2021
Contact Person: Lena Ackermann

Registration Instructions:
Application deadline: April 30, 2021

Page Updated: 09-Apr-2021