Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour >> Developmental
Developmental psychology is concerned with the factors that affect physical, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and social development across the lifespan. The debate between the relative contributions of innate and experiential factors in development is studied from infancy through aging in the context of experiments examining behaviour and/or physiological indices.

For Undergraduate Students

Students enrolled in the developmental research area will take a course in general development (PSYCH 3GG3) in addition to specialized courses in areas such as infancy (PSYCH 3HH3), cognitive development (PSYCH 3II3), language development (PSYCH 3UU3), social-emotional development (PSYCH 3JJ3), child language acquisition (PSYCH 3C03), and psychopathologies of childhood (PSYCH 3B03).  Throughout these courses, library research, experimental methodology, laboratory research, communication, and critical thinking skills will be emphasized (PNB 3DV3, 3EE3, 3V03).  Students who wish to pursue post-graduate studies should consider completing a course with a strong research component (PNB 4QQ3, 4D06, 4DD6, 4D09).  This research area provides excellent training for graduate school, research positions, and professional disciplines such as medicine, nursing, teaching, and speech pathology.

For Graduate Students

We offer state-of-the-art facilities in laboratories studying Development from several different perspectives. Research spans areas such as development of auditory perception and the acquisition of music and language, perceptual abilities of normal infants and the consequences of deprivation, development of reading fluency in childhood, origins and developmental course of extreme childhood shyness and social withdrawal, development of attention and study of autism, effects of aging on vision and attention, as well as studies of the development of aggression and bullying.

Developmental Psychology Faculty

Geoffrey Hall - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Mel Rutherford - Evolutionary psychological perspectives on social perceptual development, social cognitive development, theory of mind and autism. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology)

Louis Schmidt - Developmental psychophysiology, social emotional development in children, neural basis of human emotion. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(Associate Professor, Department of Psychology)

Allison Sekuler - Cognition neuroscience, visual perception, perceptual organization, face and object recognition, motion perception, aging and vision, neuroimaging. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(Canada Research Chair Professor, Department of Psychology)
David Shore - Crossmodal temporal processing, memory and visual search, varieties and effects of attention. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology)

Laurel J. Trainor - Development of auditory perception. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(Associate Professor, Department of Psychology)

Contact Department

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)
Psychology Building (PC), Room 102
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario L8S 4K1
Canada