Piaget Of The Infant Cognitive Development Essay

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Background In the context of infant cognitive development and its corresponding theories, Jean Piaget often serves as a key theorist. Often referred to with the metaphor of children as “explorers,” Piaget believed that children, from the moment of birth, are actively engaging with and exploring their surrounding environment. With his contributions to the psychological field, like his six stages of sensorimotor development, we grasp a better understanding of a child’s first encounters developmentally. One of his most important accounts was on the concept of object permanence. He was able to provide a look into infants’ understanding of the physical world (DeHart, Sroufe, & Cooper, p. 168). In order to better understand his account on object permanence however, one must be aware of his six stages of sensorimotor development: “Reflexes,” “Primary Circular Reactions,” Secondary Circular Reactions,” Coordination of Schemes,” “Tertiary Circular Reactions,” and “Beginnings of Representational Thought,” which were largely influence through his experiments with his own children. The first stage, “Reflexes,” occurs from birth to 1 month. During this stage, Piaget asserted, infants are limited to their biological, programmed reflexes. He uses the term reflex in a much more broad sense in that he refers it as “... any built-in behavior pattern instead of automatic responses to particular stimuli” (DeHart, Sroufe, & Cooper, p. 164). These built-in behavior patterns are not only
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