Stages in Cognitive Development
As Rich Pollett’s post illustrates with these gifs of super cute kids, young children are still developing how they understand the world around them. Importantly, not only do they gain more knowledge as they grow, they also change fundamentally in how they use it. Psychologist Jean Piaget (1896–1980) proposed four stages of development as follows:
the sensorimotor stage, from birth to age 2;
the preoperational stage, from age 2 to about age 7;
the concrete operational stage, from age 7 to 11;
and the formal operational stage, which begins in adolescence and spans into adulthood.
Originally shared by Rich Pollett
Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
These adorable children undergoing this psychological testing aren’t quite in the “Concrete Operational” stage yet.
Piaget’s theory of cognitive development: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piaget%27s_theory_of_cognitive_development