Adolescence Cognitive Development

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The purpose of this issue paper is to compare and contrast two different articles one written by L.E. Berk in 2010 that explores lifespan development. The other article was written by the staff and research team at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in 2012 that addresses what cognitive development is and the progress of adolescence cognitive development. Cognitive development begins from the moment of birth and continues throughout life. However, this student finds the cognitive abilities are more complex during the adolescent years. Therefore, the issue this paper will address is adolescence cognitive development.

Whereas, both articles agree that when a child transitions from childhood to adolescence their cognitive development progresses from real object thinking and or reasoning to a more abstract and systematic thinking and or reasoning. Berk (2010) supports his arguments and information with older cited works such as Piaget's Theory: the formal operational stage (1958) and other more recent studies on how information-processing affects cognitive development. However, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford does not use cited studies but according to the website disclaimer, staff and research team provides this information as educational purposes only.

While there are similarities with both articles they address different perspectives of cognitive development in adolescence. For example, Berk (2010) addresses Piaget's theory. information-processing of cognitive development in adolescence. Whereas, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford addresses the different levels of cognitive development in adolescence and ways to encourage healthy cognitive development in adolescence.


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...udent left the room to let him think about what she had said. Ten minutes later he brought her a knife and showed her where he had cut his wrist (but not deep) because he no longer wanted to hurt himself and leave those who truly loves him. He made a well thought out and logical decision to live and not let this girl control his life any longer. This student believes this is a good example of applying the information learned and the steps provided by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford (2012) to create healthy adolescence cognitive development.

Works Cited

Berk, L. E. (2010). Exploring lifespan development (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN: 9780205748594

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford (2012), Cognitive development. Retrieved February 3, 2012 from
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