Adolescence and Cognitive Thinking Research Paper by Bhensson

Adolescence and Cognitive Thinking
An explanation of how young people develop the ability to think in an abstract way.
# 110004 | 3,444 words | 22 sources | APA | 2008 | AU
Published on Dec 14, 2008 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Piaget) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper explains how cognitive ability and understanding emerges in young children and develops in adolescents, allowing them to think and explore the world around them. The author includes information from various studies that have been carried out on this subject.

Emergence of Abstract Thought
Potential and Development of Critical Thinking
Working Memory
How Creative Thinking and Critical Thinking Work Together

From the Paper:

"Cognitive ability and understanding begin in infancy and continues throughout a person's lifetime. Young children, adolescents and adults have different methods of thinking and exploring their world around them. One interesting aspect of cognition is the emergence of abstract thought during adolescence.
"According to Web Definitions, abstract thought is the ability to 'consider a concept without thinking of a specific example' or 'consider apart from a particular case or instance.' Encarta Dictionary defines abstract to be 'not relating to concrete objects but expressing something that can only be appreciated intellectually.' It is interesting to note that even the definitions are abstract!"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • About Working Memory. (2007). Retrieved November 1, 2008 from http://www.
  • Beatriz, L., Garver, K.E., Urban, T.A., Lazar, N.A., & Sweeney, J.A. (2004). Maturation of Cognitive Processes from Late Childhood to Adulthood. Retrieved November 1, 2008 from /ERICWePortal/custom/portlets/recordDetails /detarilmini.jsp?_ nfpb
  • Berk, L.E. (2002). Infants, Children, and Adolescent (4th ed.). Massachusetts: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Clark, D. (n.d.). Critical Thinking. Retrieved November 2, 2008, from Performance, Learning, Leadership, & Knowledge Web site:
  • Crain, W. (2005). Theories of Development: Concepts and Applications. New Jersey: Pearson Education.

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