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1 Infancy: Cognitive Development CHAPTER 5Infancy: Cognitive Development
2 Cognitive Development: Jean Piaget Some children may advance more quickly than others, but the sequence remains constant.
3 Cognitive Development – Jean Piaget Piaget hypothesized that cognitive processes develop in an orderly sequence of stages (4).Stage 1: SensorimotorStage 2: PreoperationalStage 3: Concrete operationalStage 4: Formal operationalSome children may advance more quickly than others, but the sequence remains constant.
4 Piaget Basics Schemes -Children’s concepts of the world Cognitive development-Way of perceiving and mentally representing the worldAssimilation-Absorbing new events into existing schemesAccommodation-Modifying existing schemes when assimilation does not allow the child to make sense of novel events
5 Sensorimotor Stage Refers to 0-2 years of cognitive development First substage (1st month after birth)-Dominated by assimilation of sources of stimulation into inborn reflexes such as grasping, visual tracking.Second substage (1 to 4 months)Primary circular reactions-characterized by beginnings of the ability to coordinate various sensorimotor schemes-focus on the infant’s own body rather than on externalenvironment
6 Sensorimotor Stage (cont’d) Third substage (4 to 8 months)Secondary circular reactions-include repeated patterns of activity due to effect on the environment-focus shifts objects and environmental eventsFourth substage (8 to 12 months)-Infants begin to show intentional, goal-directed behavior in which they differentiate between the means of achieving a goal and the goal or end itselfFifth substage (12 to 18 months)Tertiary circular reactions-purposeful adaptations of established schemes to specific situations
7 Sensorimotor Stage (cont’d) Sixth substage (18 to 24 months)-Transition between sensorimotor development and the development of symbolic thought-External exploration replaced by mental exploration-Use imitation to symbolize or stand for a plan of actionObject permanence-Recognition that an object or person continues to exist whenout of sight-Advances in the development of the object concept by aboutthe sixth month
8 Figure 5.1: Development of Object Permanence. To the infant who is in the early part of the sensorimotor stage, “out of sight” is truly “out of mind.” Once a sheet of paper is placed between the infant and the toy monkey (top two photos), the infant loses all interest in the toy. From evidence of this sort, Piaget concluded that the toy is not mentally represented. The bottom series of photos shows a child in a later part of the sensorimotor stage. This child does mentally represent objects and pushes through a towel to reach an object that has been screened from sight.Fig. 5-1, p. 95
9 Evaluation of Piaget Confirmation Remains a comprehensive model of infant cognitionMany of his own observations of his own infants have been confirmed by others.Pattern and sequence of events he described have been observed among American, European, African, and Asian infants
10 Piaget Criticisms Cognitive development not as tied to discrete stages Emphasis on maturation with exclusion of adult and peer influences on cognitive developmentUnderestimation of infants’ competenceInfants display object permanence earlier than Piaget believed.Infants display deferred imitation as early as 9 months and not 18 months as Piaget believed.The interpersonal influences have been shown to play important roles in cognitive development.
11 Information Processing Some children may advance more quickly than others, but the sequence remains constant.
12 Information Processing MemoryMemory improves between 2 and 6 months of age.Older infants more capable of encoding than younger onesInfant memory can be improved if infants receive a reminder.Deferred Imitation-Imitation of actions after a time delay occurs as early as 6 months-Imitation of neonates likely reflexive
13 Figure 5.2: Investigating Infant Memory. In this technique, developed by Carolyn Rovee-Collier, the infant’s ankle is connected a mobile by a ribbon. Infants quickly learn to kick to make the mobile move. Two- and three-month-olds remember how to perform this feat after a delay of a few days. If they are given a reminder, such as simply viewing the mobile, their memory lasts for 2 to 4 weeks.Fig. 5-2, p. 96
14 Figure 5.3: Imitation in Infants. These 2- to 3-week-old infants are imitating the facial gestures of an adult experimenter. How are we to interpret these findings? Can we say that the infants “knew” what the experimenter was doing and “chose” to imitate the behavior, or is there another explanation?Fig. 5-2, p. 97
15 Mirror NeuronsActivated when the individual performs a motor act or observes another individual engaging in the same actAlso connected with emotions in humansThe frontal lobe is active when people experience emotions such as disgust, happiness, pain, and also when they observe another person experiencing an emotionHas been suggested that mirror neurons are connected with the built-in human capacity to acquire language
16 Individual Differences in Intelligence Among Infants Some children may advance more quickly than others, but the sequence remains constant.
17 Individual Differences in Intelligence Among Infants Understanding of infants’ intelligence based on scales of infant developmentBayley Scales of Infant Development-Consists of 178 mental-scale items and 111 motor-scale items-Mental scale assesses verbal communication, perceptual skills, learning and memory, and problem-solving skills-Motor scale assesses gross and fine motor skills-Behavior rating scale based on examinerobservation of the child during the test also usedTesting used to identify handicaps
18 Instability of Intelligence Scores Attained in Infancy Scores obtained during first year of life correlated moderately with scores obtained a year later.Bayley scales and socioeconomic status were able to predict cognitive development among LBW children from 18 months to 4 years.Bayley and other scales do not predict school grades or IQ scores very well.Bayley scales are best at identifying gross lags in development and relative strengths and weaknesses.
20 Use of Visual Recognition Memory - Ability to discriminate previously seen objects from novel objects; procedure based on habituationChildren with greater visual recognition memory attained higher IQ scores.Individual differences in capacity for visual recognition memory are stable.Capacity for visual recognition memory increases over first year after birth.Studies on visual recognition memory and later IQ scores show good predictive validity for broad cognitive abilities throughout childhood.
21 Language DevelopmentSome children may advance more quickly than others, but the sequence remains constant.
22 Early VocalizationsChildren develop language according to an invariant sequence of steps or stages.Language begins with prelinguistic vocalizations.-Cooing (2nd month)-Infants use tongues, vowel-like sounds-Appears to be linked to pleasure-Babbling (6-9 months)-Combination of consonants and vowelsEcholalia (10-12 months)-Infants repeat syllablesIntonation (end of 1st year)-Use of patterns that rise and fall; resembles adult speech
24 Development of Vocabulary First word-Spoken between months-Brief and consist of one or twosyllablesVocabulary acquisition-Slow at first-3 or 4 months from when thefirst word is spoken, childrenlearn words-18-month-old vocabulary may be50 words-22-month-old vocabulary may be300 wordsGeneral nominals-Similar to nouns-Includes names of classes of objectsSpecific nominals-Proper nouns
25 Overextension Overextension Children extend the meaning of one word to refer to things and actions for which they do not have words.Overextensions gradually pulled back to proper references
26 Development of Sentences Telegraphic speech-Brief expressions that have meanings of sentencesMean length of utterance (MLU)-Average number of morphemes that communicators use in their sentencesMorphemes-Smallest units of meaning in a language-e.g. Walked is two morphemes:walk = verb, -ed = past-tense suffixMLU increases rapidly once speech beginsMLU = Mean length of Utterance-patterns of growth are similar for each child with swift upward movement, broken by intermittent and brief regressions
27 Figure 5.5: Mean Length of Utterance for Three Children. The mean length of utterance (MLU) increases rapidly once speech begins.Fig. 5-5, p. 103
28 Development of Sentences (cont’d) Holophrases-Single words that are used to express complex meanings-e.g., “Mama” means… “There goes Mama”Telegraphic speech-Two-word sentences-e.g., “That ball”; words is and a are implied-Shows understanding of syntax-Rules in a language for placing words in order to form sentences
29 Theories of Language Development Nurture view-Holds that a child learns the language that the family speaks1. Imitation-Children learn language, at least in part, by observation and imitation.2. Reinforcement-Children learn language due to the social cues of smiling, stroking, and talking back to them.Extinction-Foreign sounds drop out due to the lack of reinforcement.Shaping-Reinforcing children’s utterances as they approximate actual words (may be selective)
30 Theories of Language Development (cont’d) Nature-Holds that children have inborn tendency in the form of neurological “pre-wiring” to language learningPsycholinguistic theory-Language acquisition involves interaction betweenenvironmental influences.-Innate tendency labeled language acquisition device (LAD)-Inborn tendency supported by studies of deaf children and inthe language development among all languages
31 Theories of Language Development (cont’d) Surface and deep structure-On the surface, languages differ in vocabulary and grammar.-However, languages share “universal grammar” allowing fortransforming ideas into sentences.Chomsky maintains children are genetically pre-wired to attend to language and deduce the rules for constructing sentences from ideas.
32 Brain Structures Involved in Language Biological structures of LAD based in left hemisphere of the cerebral cortex for nearly all right-handed people and for 2 out of 3 left-handedDamage to Broca’s or Wernicke’s area called aphasia-Disruption in the ability to understand or produce language-Located left hemisphereBroca’s aphasia-Can understand but not reproduce speech wellWernicke’s aphasia-Can speak freely with proper syntax-Have trouble understanding speech and finding the words to express themselves
33 Figure 5.4: Broca’s and Wernicke’s Areas of the Cerebral Cortex. Fig. 5-6, p. 107
34 The Sensitive PeriodLanguage learning most efficient beginning at 18 to 24 months (sensitive period)During this period, neural development provides plasticity of the brain.Damage to the brain easier to heal the younger the childSocial contacts important in the development of languageMalnutrition and abuse can contribute to poor language learning and ability.