Cognitive Development and Cognitive Neuroscience: The Learning Brain

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Routledge, Sep 26, 2019 - Education - 660 pages

Cognitive Development and Cognitive Neuroscience: The Learning Brain is a thoroughly revised edition of the bestselling Cognitive Development. The new edition of this full-colour textbook has been updated with the latest research in cognitive neuroscience, going beyond Piaget and traditional theories to demonstrate how emerging data from the brain sciences require a new theoretical framework for teaching cognitive development, based on learning.

Building on the framework for teaching cognitive development presented in the first edition, Goswami shows how different cognitive domains such as language, causal reasoning and theory of mind may emerge from automatic neural perceptual processes. Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Development integrates principles and data from cognitive science, neuroscience, computer modelling and studies of non-human animals into a model that transforms the study of cognitive development to produce both a key introductory text and a book which encourages the reader to move beyond the superficial and gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

Cognitive Development and Cognitive Neuroscience is essential for students of developmental and cognitive psychology, education, language and the learning sciences. It will also be of interest to anyone training to work with children.



The physical world 1
The physical world 2
The psychological world 1
The psychological world 2
5 Conceptual development and the biological world
6 Language acquisition
7 Causal reasoning and the human brain
8 The development of memory
9 Metacognition reasoning and executive function
10 Reading and mathematical development
11 Theories of cognitive development
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About the author (2019)

Usha Goswami is one of the leading researchers in childhood and is respected worldwide. She is Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge, UK, and a Fellow of the British Academy.