In this seminar, we will examine a range of methods used to study social cognition in young children. We will scrutinize the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches and explore how insights from different methods can complement each other in furthering our understanding of children's social-cognitive development. For this purpose, we will read and discuss research papers, analyze the interpretative possibilities afforded by different methodological tools, and brainstorm how different methods could be utilized to address open research questions. The seminar will consist of presentations, group work, and group discussions.

In this seminar, we will read and discuss research papers on the developmental origins of prosocial behavior (i.e., voluntary behaviors intended to benefit others). We will cover the most central manifestations of early prosociality (helping, comforting, sharing of resources), their developmental trajectories, as well as their motivational underpinnings. We will also explore how the study of children's prosocial development relates to concepts from moral philosophy and evolutionary theory. The seminar will consist of a mix of student presentations and group discussions.

This Statistics crash course will take place from October 4th to October 8th for students of the Master program Early Childhood Research.