RPch2 - Reflection Paper for Chapter Two The second chapter...

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Reflection Paper for Chapter Two The second chapter of the book explains the cognitive processes that go on in the adolescent brain. It explains the changes that occur from childhood to the teenage years. Here are 5 main differences in how adolescents think compared to children: they can (1) distinguish between what is real and what is possible, (2) understand abstract concepts, (3) think more about thinking itself, (4) think about multiple issues rather than one at a time, and (5) see things as relative instead of absolute. In other words, they have a better understanding of the world and their thinking capacity is expanded. The chapter also talks about how with the ability to think about thinking itself, many other aspects come as a result of that development. Adolescence is a time when introspection, self- consciousness, and intellectualization appear. These are important cognitive abilities that are a part of growing up, but they do come with some potential problems. Too much of anything can turn into a bad thing. For example, too much introspection can lead to “adolescent egocentrism” which result in weird beliefs. One of the common odd beliefs is that of having an “imaginary audience” in which one thinks they are the center of attention and that not a moment of their presence in public goes unnoticed.
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course HDFS 3423 taught by Professor Criss during the Spring '08 term at Oklahoma State.

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