Ch 1 � Intro to Cognitive Development

Ch 1 � Intro to Cognitive Development - 03:06 Ch 1...

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03:06 Ch 1 – Intro to Cognitive Development Cognition : process or faculties by which knowledge is acquired and manipulated (“mental”, reflection of the mind, not directly observable) Never measured directly; is inferred form the behaviors we can observe Development : changes in structures or function over time Structure : the mental knowledge that underlies intelligence Hypothetical mental construct, faculty, or ability that changes with age i.e. children’s knowledge of terms like dog and lion, could be construed as existing in some sort of mental structure, with the meanings of these words changing over time Function : denotes actions related to a structure and includes actions external to the structure being studied (i.e. neurochemical or hormonal secretions, “experiences”) – that is, external sources of stimulation Can be internal: exercise of muscle, firing of nerve cell, or activation of a cognitive process Function refers to some action by the child
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