Cutting-edge and "big-picture" in perspective, this popular introduction to cognitive development focuses on both the fascinating nature of children's thinking and the excitement and change in work in this area. Using an integrated topical approach, it explores the developmental aspects of social cognition, perception, memory, and language. Theoretically balanced, it considers the full spectrum of approaches--from Piaget's developmental stages, to information-processing (including connectionism), dynamic systems, contextual, theory-change, neo-Piagetian, evolutionary, neuroscience, and constraint approaches. Infant Perception. Infant Cognition. Representation and Concepts. Reasoning and Problem Solving. Social Cognition/Theory of Mind. Memory. Language. For anyone interested in child development, including parents, students, and those in psychology, social work, education, etc.
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Representation and Concepts
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3-year-olds ability acquisition activities adults approach aspects autobiographical memory babies Baillargeon behavior biological capacity causal Chapter chil Child Development Child Psychology cognitive development competence complex concepts connectionist contrast Developmental Psychology discussed dishabituation domain earlier early emerge entities Erlbaum evidence example experience experimenter false belief fast mapping Flavell Gelman grammatical human imitation important information-processing interactions kinds knowledge language language acquisition learning look Markman means Meltzoff memory mental metacognitive metamemory Miller months morphemes mother motherese nature object permanence older children parents particular pattern perception person physical Piaget Piagetian possible predict preschoolers present problem solving processes questions reasoning recall relations representations response retrieval scripts semantic sensorimotor sequence Siegler skills social cognition sort sounds specific speech speech perception Spelke stage stimuli strategies structure task theory of mind things thinking tion transitive inference understanding visual Wellman words young children young infants