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Running Head: Psychology 1 Psychology: The Theory of Cognitive Development Institutional Affiliation Name
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PSYCHOLOGY 2 Introduction From conception until death, our bodies undergo constant developmental changes as a result of life changes and the stages that we pass through. Therefore, the transformations that we undergo range from cognitive development, psycho-physiological processes, social and emotional development among others. However, this research paper is focused on the cognitive development of individuals throughout their life span. Cognitive development seeks to understand the development of thinking and how the thoughts tend to influence the manner in which people perceive the world and understand the environment (Berk, 2014). A theorist, Jean Piaget proposed that children think differently than adults, Piaget came up with cognitive developmental stages that are involved in the intellectual development of the child as he or she develops into an adult. The cognitive developmental stages include the concrete operational stage, formal operational stage, preoperational and sensorimotor. The sensorimotor stage extends from birth to the moment where the child acquires language, and can successfully coordinate knowledge and understanding of the world through harmonization of activities such as vision and hearing with physical experiences such as grasping and stepping. The pre-operational stage runs from children within two to seven years of age. During this period, the child learns to speak but does not understand the solid knowledge behind several activities and cannot manipulate information mentally because thinking in this stage is egocentric. The concrete operational stage occurs among the preadolescence and is characterized by the proper use of knowledge (Coon, and Mitterer, 2015). In this stage, the child’s thinking processes become more like those of an adult. This category of kids can solve problems in a
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