Essay On Cognitive Development

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The purpose for this week’s assignment is to discuss cognitive development as it relates to the mental aging process of infancy through adolescence. As instructed in the assignment outline, I will choose and discuss three important cognitive functions and they are as followed; thinking, intelligence, and language. In addition, I will discuss Piaget’s four stages of cognitive development as it relates to the infancy stage through adolescence. Although infants are born with some nature abilities, they are not born with skills of perception, metacognition, intelligence, language, memory, and physical co-ordination. Therefore, they have to go through a process called cognitive development. Cognitive development is a process of different stages that newborns go through as they gradually learns these skills. Newborns do not come into this world with knowledge of perception or the skills they need to interact with their surroundings; therefore, they go through five different stages of development. The five stages of development are as followed; emotional and social development, sensory and motor development, and language and physical development, as well as cognitive development. Each stage plays a critical role in the early life of newborns and infants. During the first month of life, newborns only have a desire to sleep. While in the process of researching information for this assignment, I read that an infant’s cognitive skills develops and change rapidly during the first year of life. However, as infants continue to grow, they gain an understanding of their environment and learn how to interact with their surroundings. In this section of the paper I will briefly discuss three cognitive functions of development and the environment... ... middle of paper ... ...guage and physical development, as well as cognitive development. In conclusion, I have discussed cognitive development as it relates to the mental aging process of infancy through adolescence. As instructed in the assignment outline, I chose the following three cognitive functions; thinking, intelligence, and language. To the best of my knowledge, I briefly discussed each function based on the information outlined in the text. I also attempted to discuss Piaget’s four stages of cognitive development as they relate to the infancy stage through adolescence throughout the lifespan. However, the main focus of this assignment involved Piaget’s theory of cognitive development as it relates to the mental function from infancy through adolescence. To gain the understanding needed to complete this assignment, I focused on Piaget’s four stages of cognitive development.
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