Ch 6: Overview of Cognitive Development

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Let our video lesson on cognitive development provide you with an overview of this field of study. Learn how children develop the ability to think, to understand and to imagine the world around them.

Chapter Summary - Overview of Cognitive Development

In this chapter, you'll receive an introduction to cognitive development, a field of study that combines both neuroscience and psychology. The lesson begins with a definition of attention as a part of cognitive development and includes an explanation of the process. You'll also learn about the concept of object permanence and the sensorimotor periods associated with infant mental development.

As you progress through the lesson, you can learn about the static and transformational thoughts related to cognitive development in children. The lesson also touches upon the work of the Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget, and his thoughts about adolescent development and the formal operations stage. When you finish this lesson, you should be familiar with:

  • Information processing, including its definition and stages
  • Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development
  • The differences between attention/top-down and bottom-up processing
  • How memory develops in infants, children, adolescents and adults
  • How infants, children, adolescents and adults process information
  • The changes in intelligence and knowledge that occur over time
  • How memory is categorized and distorted
  • How both long- and short-term memory can be improved

This short but fascinating video lesson on cognitive development is taught by seasoned professionals who are knowledgeable about the field. If you would like further information, you can use the lesson transcript, which includes key terms linked to text-based tutorials. When you have finished the lesson, you can also use the online self-assessment quizzes to see how well you absorbed the material. If you need to revisit a major point, the video tags can help you locate specific parts of the tutorial, without having to re-watch the entire presentation.

16 Lessons in Chapter 6: Overview of 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.

Cognitive Development in Adults

6. Cognitive Development in Adults

As people age, they discover that their thought processes change. Though some cognitive abilities decrease in middle age, some increase. In this lesson, we'll look at how executive functioning and wisdom increase in middle age.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

7. 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.

Information Processing: Encoding, Storage & Retrieval

8. Information Processing: Encoding, Storage & Retrieval

How does your brain remember information and recall it later? In this lesson, you'll look at the steps your brain takes as it processes data from short-term memory and stores it as long-term memory.

Attention and Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Processing

9. Attention and Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Processing

Are you a big-picture person or do you get caught up in the details? Explore two ways that you can use your cognitive resources to focus your attention. This lesson provides both the details and the big picture for top-down and bottom-up processing.

Memory and Information Processing in Infants

10. Memory and Information Processing in Infants

The way adults think is vastly different from the way that children think. In this lesson, we'll explore cognitive development and look at how infants begin to think like adults, including the concepts of information processing and memory.

Memory and Information Processing in Adults

11. Memory and Information Processing in Adults

During middle age, many people notice that they aren't as mentally sharp as they once were. During this lesson, we'll look at cognitive abilities that decline in middle adulthood, including information processing and working memory.

Knowledge and Change in Intelligence Over Time

12. 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.

Categories of Memory: Sensory & Long-Term

13. Categories of Memory: Sensory & Long-Term

Did you know that there are several types of memories? How does your brain keep track of them all? In this lesson, as you observe your surroundings at an art museum, you'll come to understand how your brain categorizes memory so you can remember your experiences.

George Miller's Psychological Study to Improve Short-Term Memory

14. George Miller's Psychological Study to Improve Short-Term Memory

Wouldn't it be nice to improve your short-term memory? According to one psychological study, there are, in fact, ways you can organize sets of new information to make them easier to remember. Based on the study, this lesson examines a method that can increase your short-term memory.

Using Psychology to Improve Long-Term Memory

15. Using Psychology to Improve Long-Term Memory

What are some tips for improving your memory? This memorable lesson on memory covers self-referencing, mnemonic devices, spaced repetition and rehearsal. You won't want to cram for exams once you learn these better ways to improve your long-term memory!

Memory Distortion: Source Amnesia, Misinformation Effect & Choice-Supportive Bias

16. Memory Distortion: Source Amnesia, Misinformation Effect & Choice-Supportive Bias

With all the information we learn and process every day, it can be difficult to remember things accurately. Because of this, our memory can become distorted. In this lesson, we'll learn how our brain can trick us into falsely remembering details of our past experiences.

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