Essay about Cognitive Development Of The Human Brain

793 Words Sep 25th, 2016 4 Pages
Cognitive development of the human brain has been a source of interest for generations of educators, researchers, and psychologists. The Stanford Binet Intelligence Quotient was used in the early 1900s. Behaviorists, John Watson and B.F. Skinner, began to study children and hypothesized that children were impressionable and transformable. These researchers believed that through reward of good behavior and discouragement of unacceptable behavior a child’s environment would shape the learning abilities. From the 50s to the 70s, research was performed in order to understand the physical interworking of the human brain; however, this was limited by technology of the era to the post-mortem study of animal and human brains. Throughout history experts have employed various techniques in order to gain knowledge of the cognitive development of humans and this information has in turn been used by educators to enrich the lives of students. One of the most notable and significant theories of cognitive development is the theory by French psychologist, Jean Piaget.
Piaget’s theory of cognitive development was first published in the early 1950s and was reissued multiple times. Cognitive development can be defined as the formation of thought processes. This type of development refers to how a person perceives, thinks, and gains understanding of his or her surroundings through the synergy of genetic factors and learning. The processing of information, intelligence, reasoning, language…

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