Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference 2007, UK

Various aspects of child development are to be explored by psychologists as they gather to hear the latest research in their field.

The 2007 Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society’s Developmental Psychology Section held within the custom-built lecture halls of the Sherwell Conference Centre, University of Plymouth from Wednesday 29 August to Friday 31 August.

Over the three days, papers and posters are presented about parenting; thinking; language; health-related issues and children’s social, educational, perceptual and atypical development. Amongst the research will be:

– Web adverts confusing children
– What makes a beautiful baby
– Children ignoring their future
– Good relationships in embryo donation families

This year’s keynote speakers are:

– Professor Jay Belsky, of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues at the University of London. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field and his areas of special interest include the effects of day care, parent-child relations during infancy and the transition to parenthood.

– Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith, of the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at the University of London. Her work explores cognitive variability – what makes individuals more or less able. This includes how cognitive abilities increase as children grow older and how cognitive abilities can be altered by developmental disorders such as autism.

– Professor Henry Markovits, of the University of Quebec at Montreal. He studies the development and use of reasoning within children and adults. Currently, his research is centred on the interactions between reasoning and memory.

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