Piaget's Cognitive Essay

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It is fascinating to me that one's body, even as a newbown, has strategies in place to protect itself when necessary. For example, "if nutrition is temporality inadequate, the body stops growing but not the brain," a phenomenon called head-sparing (124). On a different note, I did not realize before reading the chapeter that there are different types of learning that are dependent on experience. There is a difference between experience-expectant brain function, which is "brain function that requires certain basic common experiences in order to develop normally," and experience-dependent brain function, "brain function that depends on particular, variable experiences and that therefore may or may not develop in a particular infant," according to scientist William Greenough (131).

This affects all of us as experience-dependent brain function explains how our development depends on the culture in which we are raised. This could help explain why behavior of people in different cultures ranges so greatly.

I enjoyed learning about Piaget’s beliefs that infants are smart and active learners who adapt to experience. He theorizes there are four distinct periods of cognitive
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As I described in the cognitive development portion of my response, Piaget explained stages of intellectual development of infants. During the last stage, finding new means through mental combinations, deferred imitation can be identified through the actions of babies. Deferred imitation, according to Piaget, "occurs when infants copy behavior they noticed hours or even days earlier" (157). I chose this video for this topic as it not only explains the definition but it provides solid examples of deferred imitation. This is really important for parents as they may be teaching their infants bad actions or habits without realizing that the babies are learning from
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