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Ch 6: Cognition and Cognitive Development

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Watch video lessons and learn about the different aspects of cognition and cognitive development throughout life's stages, from infant to adult. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Cognition and Cognitive Development - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Cognition refers to thinking. A person's cognitive development is how they develop skills that include attention, intelligence and information processing. In this chapter, you'll learn more about cognitive development in all stages of life. You'll discover what affects cognitive development and what different aspects of development occur throughout life stages. Lessons will touch on how information processing plays a rather large role in cognitive development. Some of the specific things you will learn include:

  • The definition of attention
  • How intelligence develops over time
  • Stages of information processing
  • How play affects cognitive development
  • Piaget's formal operations stage
  • Lev Vygotsky's theory of cognitive development

VideoObjective
The Role of Attention Learn the definition of attention and how attention levels develop.
The Role of Intelligence Study intelligence and how it develops.
The Role of Information Processing Understand the stages of information processing and how they contribute to growth and development.
The Role of Play In Cognitive Development Discover how play affects cognitive development.
Cognitive Development In Infants Explore object permanence and the stages of the sensorimotor periods.
Cognitive Development In Children Examine conservation, decentration, centration, reversibility, transformation thought and static thought.
Cognitive Development In Adolescents Find out about Piaget's formal operations stage and how it relates to cognitive development among adolescents.
Cognitive Development In Adults Describe the limitations and growth in cognition among adults.
Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development Study concepts related to this theory, such as guided participation, zone of proximal development and private speech.
Memory and Information Processing In Infants Take a look at the basic memory and information processing capabilities of infants.
Memory and Information Processing In Children Examine the basic memory and information processing capabilities of children.
Memory and Information Processing In Adolescents Explore the basic memory and information processing capabilities of adolescents.
Memory and Information Processing In Adults Find out about the basic memory and info processing capabilities of adults.
Knowledge and Change In Intelligence Over Time Discover concepts related to knowledge and change in intelligence, such as fluid intelligence, crystallized intelligence and divergent and convergent knowledge.

8 Lessons in Chapter 6: Cognition and Cognitive Development
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Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

1. Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

We pay attention in various ways, every day. In this lesson, we will look into the four types of attention we consistently use and look at how attention spans change throughout a lifetime.

What is Information Processing? - Definition & Stages

2. What is Information Processing? - Definition & Stages

How do we interact with and process information in our daily lives? Psychologists use the theory of information processing to explain it. They also use the theory to talk about our stages of memory.

The Role of Play in Cognitive Development

3. The Role of Play in Cognitive Development

When we think of childhood, we often think of playing. But did you know that playing is vital to a child's healthy development? In this lesson, we will learn about the various types of play that aid a child's cognitive growth.

Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

4. Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

There is no time like infancy - it is the first exposure people have to the world. According to Jean Piaget, there are six stages infants go through as they develop cognitively and learn to act in their environment.

Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

5. Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

If you were to observe children growing into their teenage years, you would notice their thinking and understanding develops over time. In this lesson, you will learn about the specific stages of mental growth in children and adolescents as outlined by Jean Piaget.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

6. Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

The role of culture and social interactions are imperative to cognitive development, according to psychologist, Lev Vygotsky. This lesson will discuss how social interactions play a role in cognitive development of children, provide an overview of Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory and describe the stages of speech and language development.

Memory and Information Processing Over Time

7. Memory and Information Processing Over Time

Memory is something we rely on throughout our lives. But, how does it first develop? In this lesson, we will explore the first signs of memory in infants and how memory changes over our lives.

Knowledge and Change in Intelligence Over Time

8. Knowledge and Change in Intelligence Over Time

In this lesson, we will look at Raymond Cattell's two types of intelligence: fluid and crystallized. We will also look at convergent and divergent ways of thinking and changes in intelligence over time.

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