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8/2/10 1 Cognitive Development Victoria Cross, Ph.D. Summer 2010 1 Outline Definitions and Preliminaries Themes in Development 2 What is cognition? Learn Think Problem Solve Plan Remember Communicate 3 Measuring Cognition We can not directly measure cognitive processes We make inferences from what we can measure We can measure reaction time And make inferences about processing time We can measure recall and recognition And make inferences about attention, encoding, storage and retrieval Reaction time / decision time Data sheet 4 Science of Development How and why individuals change and remain the same over time. Is a science Studies change over time (growth) 5 Why do we study development? Childhood, culture and technology Insight to adult behavior It’s complicated! 6
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8/2/10 2 Humans have long childhood and highly involved parenting Immaturity and dependence Enables us to pass on culture and technology Across species, the length of childhood is Positively correlated with complexity of culture Positively correlated with variety of environments that species can survive in Negatively correlated with proportion of simple or
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