Preoperational Thought in Adulthood
Now that you have read and reviewed the material on cognitive development during early
childhood, take your learning a step further by testing your critical thinking skills on this pattern
When we progress to higher levels of cognitive functioning, we do not spend all our time at
these higher levels.
Piaget himself once observed that he spent only a fraction of each day in
formal operational thought processes.
This suggests that even as adults, we do not entirely
leave preoperational thought behind.
To help you understand preoperational thought processes in children, see if you can recognize
examples or traces of preoperational thought in everyday adult behavior in the items below.
Identify the characteristic of preoperational thought that they illustrate, using each of the
following concepts once:
centration, conservation, egocentrism, and static reasoning
question is worth 25 points.