Cognitive Theory in Childhood

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Cognitive Theory in My Childhood

Jessica N. Saxton

February 24, 2013

Research Paper

Florence Darlington Technical College

Human Growth & Development 203


Using the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget's cognitive theory, I was able to relate the animated series, Scooby Doo, Where Are You! to my development through childhood. More specifically, I was able to determine that at the age I was introduced to this series, I was moving from an imaginative stage, the preoperational stage, to one where I was going to be introduced to logic, the concrete-operational stage. The logic of solving mysteries may have helped me to desire the applying of logic in my life instead of using my imagination as much. In fact, this stage of development has impacted me in who I am today. I still relate to my childhood most through Scooby Doo.

Through this research, I was able to determine that the cognitive theory of development is one that I consider valid and the most relatable to my own childhood.

Growing up is a part of life that everyone goes through. Due to this, it is almost expected for there to be so many different theories on how a child develops into an adult. These theories are known to most as developmental theories. Psychologists such as Sigmund Freud, Erik Erikson, John Watson, and Jean Piaget have come up with different theories on the process children go through in order to become an adult. The theory that I am going to relate to my childhood is Jean Piaget's version of the cognitive theory of development.

One of the most important activities that I did during my childhood was to watch Scooby Doo. I was introduced to the Scooby Doo cartoon...