Educational psychology investigates human learning and cognition. Studying learning processes from both a behavioral and cognitive lens allows researchers to analyze individual differences in intelligence, learning and motivation. This field relies on quantitative research methods, specifically individual testing and analysis, to track learning over an individual’s lifespan.
Educational psychology studies memory, conceptual processes and individual differences through a cognitive psychological approach in conceptualizing new strategies for learning processes in humans. Educational psychology seeks to understand the characteristics of learners in childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. Often represented as stages through which people pass as they mature, developmental theories discuss and analyze shifts in social roles, ethical reasoning, mental abilities and beliefs about the nature of knowledge.