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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 recognition exercise. 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 which of the following characteristics of preoperational thought is illustrated in each example: static, conservation, egocentrism, or centration. Please provide an explanation for each answer as well. Type

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