Introducing Cognitive Development

By Laura Taylor

© 2005 – Psychology Press

282 pages

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About the Book

Interest in cognitive development has been resurgent in recent years as a result of continuing improvements in technology and the new methods of research these enable. Introducing Cognitive Development brings a new focus and clarity to this theoretically complex area. Using numerous illustrations and examples it describes the specific changes that occur in cognition from infancy and throughout childhood.

The reader is introduced to the topic with a review of traditional approaches to the study of cognitive development and a consideration of recent advances in the field, particularly in cognitive science. Key issues, including the relative contributions of nature and nurture, domain generality versus domain specificity and the child’s own role in his/her development are considered in relation to a range of topics such as:

  • The development of representational abilities
  • Theory of mind and social cognition
  • Development of language.

This book provides an accessible introduction to cognitive development suitable for undergraduate students in psychology and related disciplines, as well as anyone involved in working with children.

Table of Contents

Introduction. The Starting Position. The Development of Symbolic Thought. Thinking and Reasoning. Language Development. Reading, Writing and Dyslexia. Theory of Mind. Conclusions.

About the Author

Laura Taylor is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the School of Health and Social Sciences, Coventry University.

About the Series

Psychology Focus

The Psychology Focus Series, edited by Perry Hinton of Thames Valley University, provides students with a new focus on key topic areas in psychology.

It supports students taking modules in psychology, whether for a psychology degree or a combined programme, and those renewing their qualifications in a related discipline.

Each short book:

  • presents clear, in-depth coverage of a discrete area with many applied examples
  • assumes no prior knowledge of psychology
  • has been written by an experienced teacher
  • has chapter summaries, annotated further reading and a glossary of terms

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General