About this program
Culture, Brain, and Development
Culture, brain, and development students are encouraged to develop intellectually adventurous concentrations that engage the intersections of culture, mind/brain, and human biological development.
"How do children learn about and create culture?" "How do biology and culture influence brain development and health?" "How does gender differ across cultures and affect how we process the world?" "How does typical versus atypical brain development impact how we become social agents?" and "How do our life experiences influence the expression of genes?"
Students interested in these questions and others engage the intersections of culture, mind/brain, and human biological development.
Sample First-Year Course
Adolescence is often thought of as a time of great change and upheaval as children navigate the transition into adulthood. Raging hormones, changing social expectations and relationships, and developing autonomy all contribute to this tumultuous time. This course will examine the biological, cognitive, and social changes that occur during adolescence to develop a better understanding of this unique period of development. Using psychological as well as neuroscience and social science literatures the course will examine adolescence through multiple perspectives to develop a well-rounded picture of this developmental period. Students will be asked to read primary literature in psychology and neuroscience as well as from other relevant fi elds such as anthropology and sociology.
Sample Courses at Hampshire
- Abnormal Psychology
- Adolescent Development
- Bioethics in a Post-Genomic Age
- Bodies, Guts, and Bones
- Brain and Cognition
- Brain Mechanisms
- Buddhism and Psychotherapy
- Consumption and Happiness
- Human Biological Variation
- Mind and Brain: Evolution and Culture
- Minding Culture: The Case of Mental Illness
- Neuroendocrinology of Behavior
- The Philosophy and Science of Happiness
- The Plastic Brain: Environmental and Cultural Influences
- Producing Youth Culture
- The Science of Stress
- Sex, Death, and Teeth
- Sex on the Brain: Gender, Sex, and Biology
- Stress across Cultures
Through the Consortium
- Child Development (UMass)
- Cognition and Instruction Design (SC)
- Feminism and Knowledge (MHC)
- Hormones and Behavior (AC)
- Language and Cognitive Development (UMass)
- Science and Gender (AC)
- Theory of Mind (SC)
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.
Tuition fees per semester: $25,500
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Hampshire College is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the United States for over 50 years. Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in...
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