Cognitive Development - Intro

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Cognitive Development - Intro

Before diving into the depths of cognitive development, we must first understand the basics about neurological development. Neurological development can be seen through how as children develop and matures, their experiences contribute to their development of neural connections. For the 1st five years of a child’s life, his or her neural connections are multiplying at the fastest rate during their entire lifetime. This period is known as the critical period, where language acquisition is heavily influenced.

Importance of Neural Connections

Cognitive Development


What is Neurological Development?

Cognitive development can be characterized as the field of study in association with neuroscience and psychology, particularly emphasizing the parts of a child’s development.   This can be seen through information processing, perceptual skills, conceptual resources,the inheritance of language, and many other components involving brain development. There has been much research and in-depth analysis in regards to this study, and a large part of this study has focused on understanding how a child imagines the world and the environment surrounding him or her. Jean Piaget has been widely known for being the major element in the establishment and incorporation of this study into the fields of psychology, and his proposition of the 4 primary Stages of Cognitive Development has been the fundamental structure of the field itself.

Cognitive development plays an essential role in the growth of a child from youth into even adulthood.

Did You Know Even Babies Have Habits?

Yes indeed, even small infants have habits! As infants gain familiarity with repeated exposure to stimuli, they will become less interested. Babies crave new things, as many times they try to learn “new” things around them and ignore familiar stimuli surrounding them. Imagine a baby is given a red toy car. A minute after playing with it, it will already want something new to use! This shows how babies form this new habituation, which contributes to the growth of neural connections.


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