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Cognitive Developmen2 - Cognitive Development: Age 1219

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Cognitive Development: Age 12–19 Most adolescents reach Piaget's stage of  formal operations  (ages 12 and older), in  which they develop new tools for manipulating information. Previously as children, they  could only think concretely. But now in formal operations, they can think abstractly and  deductively. Adolescents in this stage can also consider future possibilities, search for  answers, deal flexibly with problems, test hypotheses, and draw conclusions about  events they have not experienced first-hand.  Cognitive maturity occurs as the brain matures and the social network expands, offering  more opportunities for experimenting with life. Because this worldly experience plays a  large role in attaining formal operations, not all adolescents enter this stage of cognitive  development. Studies indicate, however, that abstract and critical reasoning skills are  teachable. For example, everyday reasoning improves between the first and last years 
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