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Recordings of lectures All lectures (except intro) will be available  starting next week Go to:  artsonline.uwaterloo.ca/PSYCH211w11 USERNAME: psych211w11 PASSWORD: klacarw11
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PIAGET
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Piaget’s legacy Philosophers had been debating what makes  human knowledge possible. Piaget was the first who thought of looking to  babies and children to understand how  humans create knowledge. Since then, hundreds have followed in his  footsteps. Next 2 lectures:  Piaget’s observations and his theory of cognitive  development.
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The course of the Piaget  lectures From very abstract and theoretical, to  concrete examples, to plugging concrete  examples back into abstractions. Bear with me during abstract ideas! They will  make more and more sense as we apply them  to concrete cases! Think of abstract ideas as scaffolds that we’ll  fill in with concrete examples.
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What impressed Piaget about  human thought. We distinguish appearances from reality Take large playdough ball. Squash it into pancake. Despite  change in appearance, know that amount of playdough is  conserved. Displacement/Symbols:  our actions and thoughts are not determined by physical effects  of objects on our senses Scientific hypotheses: can consider multiple hypotheses as potential  explanations of the same phenomenon (e.g. rotation of sun in the sky). Flexibility: can mentally go back and forth between actual  world and past or future world. Seeing liquid in a tall narrow glass, can imagine what it will look like  when moved to small, wide glass Once liquid is in small, wide glass can reconstruct what it was like in tall,  narrow glass.
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observations:  freedom from sensation Our thoughts and actions are not  determined by immediate sensation.  Rather, our mind “frees” us from the dictates  of immediate sensation. The essence of cognitive development Mind changes radically from sensation-bound to  free from sensation At birth:  mind = nothing but bunch of reflexes. Late teenage: 
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