Infant Cognitive Development: Sensorimotor Stage & Object Permanence


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According to Piaget, the Sensorimotor stage of a child's development involves learning about the environment _____.

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1. Baby Nina does something she finds pleasurable. Subsequently, she repeats the action. This behavior occurs in which substage of development?

2. In which substage of development does a baby gain an understanding that objects have a specific function?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The sensorimotor stage can be an exciting time of development for infants. During this time, babies develop an important skill, which is object permanence. This vital skill brings a new kind of understanding about objects to infants. Use this quiz and worksheet to validate what you have learned about the aforementioned topics, as well as the substages of sensorimotor development.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will help you review your understanding of:

  • Coordination of reactions
  • The meaning of object permanence
  • What happens during the sensorimotor stage
  • How early representational thought is defined
  • The definition of primary circular reactions

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about human development in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding infant reactions and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as object permanence and sensorimotor stage

Additional Learning

Learn about sensorimotor development and object permanence in babies with this informative video lesson called Infant Cognitive Development: Sensorimotor Stage & Object Permanence. You will:

  • Explore the meaning of human development and the various kinds of development
  • Define cognitive development
  • Discover the developmental changes that babies go through during the sensorimotor stage
  • Compare primary circular reactions and secondary circular reactions