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In this Topic we discuss the development of cognition and perception in the child In the first section we discuss perception the ability to acquire information about the world The childs ability to distinguish different visual and auditory stimuli as well as stimuli in all the rest of the senses develops rapidly over the course of the first two years While some of this development is passive the majority of it depends on the childs active exploration of an environment that provides opportunities for diverse kinds of experiences Although the meaning of perception is fairly well agreed-upon cognition is a term that has been construed in a variety of ways In modern psychology it is sometimes used to refer to any information-processing approach to the study of behavior This definition is however a bit too broad A clearer and more specific definition might go as follows cognition is the structure of our representations of the world and the processes we use to manipulate that structure The study of cognitive development is thus the study of how both our knowledge of the world and our ways of acquiring new knowledge grow over time Language is obviously an important part of this growth process--so important in fact that it is here covered in a separate Topic While reading this Topic keep in mind the role language might play in influencing and enabling other cognitive abilities In the second section we discuss one of the most influential theoretical models of cognitive development Jean Piagets model of the stages of cognition and the observations upon which he founded his model make him far and away the most important cognitive developmentalist in the history of the field Piaget distinguished between four stages of development the sensorimotor stage the preoperational stage the concrete-operational stage and the formal-operational stage He postulated two processes that drove the childs development assimilation and accommodation In the third section we
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