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Children's Thinking

Children's Thinking
Cognitive Development and Individual Differences

Seventh Edition

August 2022 | 800 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Children’s Thinking: Cognitive Development and Individual Differences, Seventh Edition by David Bjorklund remains the most comprehensive and current topical textbook available in cognitive development. The text presents up-to-date, thorough research studies and data throughout. Bjorklund expertly introduce readers to the concept of developmental function, which explains that healthy children can individually vary in their cognition as they develop. This concept is discussed throughout the text within the context of the typical progression of cognitive development through infancy and childhood. In addition, the text includes framework showing that, although some traits are established at birth, children’s cognitive development is also shaped by the physical and social environments that surround them throughout their formative years. The seventh edition has been updated to include current and extensive research, sociocultural coverage, evolutionary coverage of memory development, children’s development of prosocial cognition, moral development, and the concept of overimitation.

Chapter 1. Introduction to Cognitive Development
Chapter 2. Biological Bases of Cognitive Development
Chapter 3. Social Construction of Mind: Sociocultural Perspectives on Cognitive Development
Chapter 4. Infant Perception and Cognition
Chapter 5. Thinking in Symbols: Development of Representation
Chapter 6. Learning to Think on Their Own: Executive Function and Strategies
Chapter 7. Memory Development
Chapter 8. Problem Solving and Reasoning
Chapter 9. Language Development
Chapter 10. Social Cognition
Chapter 11. Schooling and Cognitive Development
Chapter 12. Approaches to the Study of Intelligence
Chapter 13. Origins, Modification, and Stability of Intellectual Differences


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This book fits everything I need for my Cognitive Development Class.

Dr Michelle L Tichy
Psychology Dept, Alfred University
April 4, 2024
Key features


  • Integration of contemporary themes in cognitive development include the neoconstructivist approach, the Goldilocks effect, Bayesian probabilistic reasoning, “hot” and “cold” executive functioning, perceptual narrowing, and causal representation.
  • Expanded discussion of sociocultural perspectives in key areas includes gender cognition, language, and the effects of media on the development of attention.
  • More research from developmental cognitive neuroscience expands on a trend begun in earlier editions.
  • An evolutionary psychology perspective outlined in Chapter 2 is more prominent in appropriate chapters throughout the book.
  • Section Reviews throughout chapters have replaced end-of-chapter summaries to help readers review and retain the material more concisely.
  • Ask Yourself… questions consecutively numbered within a chapter after each Section Review engage students in reflection and critical thinking.
  • Topical organization emphasizes and integrates the three overarching perspectives that guide today’s researchers and practitioners of developmental psychology.   

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