PSYE208 Developmental Psychology, Part 1


The mail goal of the course is to introduce to students the main developmental theories, theoretical debates in developmental psychology, changes and there continuity and discontinuity trough the life-span. To present different types of psychological methods that are appropriate to different ages.

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Psychology (in English)


Assoc. Prof. Milena Mutafchieva, PhD
Asst. Prof. Kristina Gotseva-Balgaranova, PhD

Course Description:


Students who complete this course:

1) will know:

• The changes in the psychological processes during the developmental course;

• The proper research methods for a certain age.

2) will be able to:

• To discuss topics regarding problems related to the development of the psychological processes;

• To think critically on different developmental situations;

• Will have initial skills in conducting a psychological experiment and how to use questionnaires/interviews for different ages.

Students are required to have the following knowledge and/or skills:

• To know the main developmental theories

• To know the main psychological processes

Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. Understanding Development
  2. Theories about Development – Freud: Psychoanalytic Theory. Erikson: Neo-Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory
  3. Theories about Development – Learning Theories. Piaget: Cognitive Development Theory. Systems Theories
  4. Prenatal and Neonate Development
  5. Sensation, Perception and Attention
  6. ADHD
  7. Cognition. Piaget’s Theory
  8. Vygotsky’s Approach to Cognitive Development
  9. Memory and Information Processing
  10. Intelligence
  11. Creativity
  12. Presentation of the abstracts
  13. Presentation of the abstracts
  14. Presentation of the abstracts
  15. Test


• Slobin. D. (2021). Imitation and Grammatical Development in Children.

Psychological Modeling

Malik F, Marwaha R. (2021). Developmental Stages of Social Emotional Development In Children. In: StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing, Treasure Island

Miller, P. (2011). Theories of Developmental Psychology. 5th ed. World Publisher. NY.

• Сиймън, Дж., Кенрик, Д. (2002). Психология. София. НБУ

• Ериксън Е. (1996). Идентичност, младост и кризи. София. Изд. Наука и изкуство

• Стаматов, Р. (2004). Детска психология. Пловдив. Издателска къща „Хермес”

• Бренър, Ч. (1999). Увод в психоанализата. София. НБУ

• Славин, Р. (2004). Педагогическа психология. Изд. Наука и изкуство

Sigelman, K., Rider, E. (2010). Life Span: Human development. Wodsworth: Cengage Learning

Miller, P. (2013). Theories of Developmental Psychology


Final assessment

60% Test

40% Interpretation of two studies