Category Archives: Cognitive development

Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory

Lev Vygotsky created a theory of psychological development that has become increasingly influential in recent decades. The theory is viewed by some psychologists and pedagogues as alternative way to understand the development of children and adults in a way that … Continue reading

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Vygotsky’s Theory of Cognitive Development

Vygotsky’s theory of cognitive development is recognized as one of the most innovative psychological theories of the twentieth century. The theory is based on the assumption that culture plays a major role in cognitive development. Each period in child development … Continue reading

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Costly rejection of Wrongdoers by Infants and Children

How unappealing are individuals who behave badly towards others? We show here that children and even infants, although motivated by material rewards, are nonetheless willing to incur costs to avoid “doing business” with a wrongdoer. When given the choice to … Continue reading

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How Children perceive Fractals – Hierarchical self-similarity and Cognitive development

The ability to understand and generate hierarchical structures is a crucial component of human cognition, available in language, music, mathematics and problem solving. Recursion is a particularly useful mechanism for generating complex hierarchies by means of self-embedding rules. In the … Continue reading

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A Computational Model of Early Cognitive Development as a Creative Process

This paper describes a computational model named Dev E-R (Developmental Engagement-Reflection) that, inspired by Piaget’s theory, simulates the assimilation-accommodation adaptation process. It is implemented with a new extended version of the computational model of creativity known as Engagement-Reflection. That is, … Continue reading

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The Development of the Mediated Mind – Sociocultural Context and Cognitive Development

Katherine Nelson’s view of cognitive development as an interactive process, mediated by culture, context, language, and social interaction, has shaped the current field of cognitive development. The impact of Katherine’s views on the sociocultural basis of cognition and her functionalist … Continue reading

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Family, Neuroscience and Academic Skills: Children’s Social Class Gaps

Current explanations of social class gaps in children’s early academic skills tend to focus on non-cognitive skills that more advantaged children acquire in the family. Accordingly, social class matters because the cultural resources more abundant in advantaged families cultivate children’s … Continue reading

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Cross-cultural Differences in Cognitive Development: Relations and Objects

Growing evidence indicates a suite of generalized differences in the attentional and cognitive processing of adults from Eastern and Western cultures. Cognition in Eastern adults is often more relational and in Western adults is more object focused. Three experiments examined … Continue reading

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