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Cognitive Processes in Human Development
A look at the research on perception, sensory memory and social cognitive factors.
# 149006 | 1,644 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 20, 2011 in Education (Development Studies) , Psychology (Memory) , Biology (General)

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This study discusses three central cognitive processes that include patterning in perception, sensory memory and aspects of the social cognitive process. The paper brings out the importance of understanding cognitive processes, particularly with regard to child development. The paper also highlights the way that the various cognitive processes are interlinked and interdependent.

Cognitive Processes

From the Paper:

"In terms of cognitive science, the term sensory memory refers to the way that objects or events are perceived and retrained by the brain using several senses. Senses such as seeing, hearing, touching, tasting are used and this information is stored in several interrelated memory networks (Hung, 2003). The importance of this type of memory cognition is that, " A memory stored in this way becomes more accessible and powerful than a memory stored in just one sensory area "... because each sensory memory checks and extends the others" (Hung, 2003). However, sensory memory is also noted as being as a more unorganized, unanalyzed and 'primitive' form of cognition and that most of the information in sensory memory"... fades away before we can do anything with it" (Memory and Cognition). Among the advantages of sensory memory is that it allows us to integrate information across time and space and also to select important stimuli for further processing.
"An article that be related to this form of cognition is Auditory sensory memory in 2-year-old children: an event-related potential study by Glass et al. (2008). This study focuses on auditory memory in young children and the role it plays in cognition. The aim of the study was to ascertain the amount of time that 2-year-old children retained auditory sensory memory."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cropley, A. J. (1999). Creativity and Cognition: Producing Effective Novelty'. Roeper Review, 21(4), 253. Retrieved June 18, 2009, from Questia database:
  • Garfield, J. L. (1990). Foundations of Cognitive Science: The Essential Readings (1st ed.). New York: Paragon House. Retrieved June 18, 2009, from Questia database:
  • Glass et al., ( 2008) Auditory sensory memory in 2-year-old children: an event-related potential study. Neuroreport, 19(5), pp 569-73.
  • Hung, D. (2003). Supporting Current Pedagogical Approaches with Neuroscience Research. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 14(2), 129+.
  • Kelly, S. D., & Church, R. B. (1997). Can Children Detect Conceptual Information Conveyed Through Other Children's Nonverbal Behaviors?. Cognition and Instruction, 15(1), 107-134.

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