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Cognition and Development – Piaget's Theories

2. The Sensorimotor Stage

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Lecture

In this module, we think about the first element of Piaget’s stage theory: the sensorimotor stage (0-2 years), focusing in particular on: (i) the characterisation of this stage; (ii) an emphasis on ‘no object permanence’, where a baby has no concept of the world outside its perceptions and sensations; (iii) an explanation on how Piaget discovered and investigated this cognitive skill through search tasks such as the A-not-B task and the invisible displacement task; (iv) an explanation of when the infant is ending this stage and transitioning to the next.

Course

This course, by Dr Richard O’Connor (University of Hull), explored Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. In the first module, we think about the key concepts of Piaget’s theory and his proposed stages of cognitive development, before focusing on each stage in turn. In the second module, we think about the sensorimotor stage, from 0-2 years, focusing on object permanence. In the third module, we think about the pre-operational stage, from 2-7 years, focusing on conservation and egocentrism. Next, we think about the stages of concrete and formal operations. In the fifth and final module, we think about the influence Piaget’s theory of cognitive development has had and continues to have on research in the field of developmental psychology.

Lecturer

Dr Richard O’Connor is a cognitive developmental psychology in the Faculty of Health Sciences and School of Psychology and Social Work at the University of Hull. Dr O’Connor’s research interests include theory of mind and word learning. Some of Dr O’Connor’s recent publications include Autistic Adults Show Similar Performance and Sensitivity to Social Cues on a Visual Perspective Taking Task as Non-autistic Adults (In Press) and Stroop interference is a composite phenomenon: Evidence from distinct developmental trajectories of its components (2020).

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O'Connor, R. (2019, September 27). Cognition and Development – Piaget's Theories - The Sensorimotor Stage [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/piaget-s-theory-of-cognitive-development/the-sensorimotor-stage

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O'Connor, R. "Cognition and Development – Piaget's Theories – The Sensorimotor Stage." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 27 Sep 2019, https://www.massolit.io/courses/piaget-s-theory-of-cognitive-development/the-sensorimotor-stage

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