How the Child's Mind Develops

How the Child's Mind Develops

How the Child's Mind Develops

How the Child's Mind Develops

Synopsis

* How do we get from helpless baby to knowing, ironic teenager?* Is cognition a question of learning and environment or heredity?* What impact do television and computers have on cognitive development?Cognitive Development - how we learn to think, perceive, remember, talk, reason and learn - is a central topic in the field of psychology. In this highly readable book, David Cohen discusses the key theories, research and controversies that have shaped and informed our knowledge of how the child's mind develops. He shows how the questions and issues that have intrigued psychologists over the past hundred years or so relate to the child growing up in the 21st century.This book is for everyone who lives with, works with or studies children. Issues such as learning to read and write, performance in the classroom, and measuring intelligence and ability are covered, as are child crime and the development of morality. The effects on cognitive development of social change and increased exposure to television and computers are also discussed.How the Child's Mind Develops provides an integrated and thought-provoking account of the central issues in cognitive development. It will provide the professional, parent and student with an invaluable introduction to the development of the mind.

Excerpt

Most psychologists, when they think of thinking, speak of 'cognition' thanks to the seventeenth-century French philosopher, René Descartes. Contemplating his wood burning stove, Descartes came up with one of the sharpest slogans of all time.

cogito ergo sum

Latin for: I think therefore I am.

Cogito - hence cognition, cognitive, cogitate, all words that mean

Thinking or thought.

Elegant as Descartes' formula was, it makes as much sense if you run it backwards:

I am, therefore, I think.

Human beings cannot help thinking. You may be thinking rubbish, you may be thinking about nothing more than the possibility of Kansas City bidding for the next Olympics but, even so, your brain isn't totally empty.

No one is truly an airhead unless they're brain-dead.

I don't think of myself as a thinking sort of person. Quite. But you're still thinking. of something. If you weren't, you wouldn't just be brain-dead but clinically, comprehensively, in the ground six foot under, dead or in a coma.

I am, therefore, I think.

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