Case Study Essay

959 Words Apr 12th, 2015 4 Pages
The Case Study
PSYC 210: Developmental Psychology
Spring D 2015
Antonio Robinson L270221508

In the case study presented, a situation was highlighted in which a child’s impulsivity caused a deadly outcome to occur. Observance of behavioral experiments and theories, over the years, has given the understanding that a child’s behavior is influenced by what they see, hear, and are taught from other children and adults. As brain functioning develops, children learn how to process simple thoughts and emotions into more complex reasoning skills. They will also become more experienced, thoughtful, and less impulsive as they mature. Children will experience multiple stages of development and growth until they finally reach
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Another stage of early childhood development is the cognitive stage. The concept of preoperational intelligence is attributed to one of Piaget’s listings in the periods of a child’s cognitive development. According to him, small children do not and cannot use logical thinking during the reasoning process. Their preoperational thoughts are not realistic or logical. Likewise, there are 4 limitations that hinder this rational thought process in children and they are: centration, focus on appearance, static reasoning, and irreversibility. These limitations inhibit coherent thinking in children, therefore, as with the aforementioned prefrontal cortex; this part of cognitive functioning has not fully formed. At this stage, children can learn a host of things but it is not as logical as it would be with adolescents or teenagers. In addition to immature preoperational thought processes, social learning plays another critical part in the cognitive developmental process. Social learning theory states that people often times learn without individual supports (Berger, 2014, p.44). This means that without the progression of logically thinking about a consequence, a child will resort to modeling what they have seen demonstrated by their parents or other social influences. If they see negative behaviors, their undeveloped brains will cause them to mimic those behaviors without thought to what they are doing. When this happens,

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