Essay on Who Do You Think Is The Most Influential Individual?

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1. Who do you think is the most influential individual in the history of psychology and explain why?
I believe that Jean Piaget was one of the most influential individuals in the history of Psychology. Piaget developed the cognitive development theory, and this theory is the theory stating that someone’s childhood plays an enormous role in how their brain develops. I believe that Piaget was the most influential individual because this theory has been proven in many cases.
While reading through the different theories and fell upon the cognitive development theory, I immediately thought of the story of Genie, the feral child. To make a long story short, Genie was held captive by her father in the basement from the time she was an infant to 13 years old. Genie was tied to a potty chair, beaten when she made noise, and kept in complete darkness until she was 13. Genie made some progress after her caretakers worked with her and tried to teach her English and basic things you would teach children. Ultimately, Genies learning digressed, and soon came to a complete halt. Genie lacked the stages of development that most children go through from the time they are an infant to 12 years old. This is such a heartbreaking story, but a wonderful example of how someone’s childhood does in fact influence their development. (The shocking story of Genie, n.d.)
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