Lecture 5 - What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought

author: Paul Bloom, Department of Psychology, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: Oct. 7, 2009,   recorded: March 2007,   views: 1841
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This lecture explores issues and ideas related to the branch of psychology known as cognitive development. It begins with an introduction of Piaget who, interested in the emergence of knowledge in general, studied children and the way they learn about the world in order to formulate his theories of cognitive development. This is followed by an introduction to the modern science of infant cognition. Finally, the question of the relationship between and the existence of different kinds of development is addressed.

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Comment1 Kathrine Jason, January 14, 2010 at 5:09 p.m.:


Clear and interesting lecture; the limit is the lack of the illustrations and videos that seem essential for full understanding.


Comment2 Susan French, January 26, 2010 at 6:15 p.m.:

What a thought-provoking lecture. I'm just sitting here thinking about all the variables with which a psychology researcher is confronted, especially in regard to early childhood research. I need to read up on research methodology. Thank you.


Comment3 Rodney Jory, August 20, 2010 at 10:39 p.m.:

A fairly good presentation and discussion but fails to demonstrate examples without any visual aid.


Comment4 urfain Habib, March 30, 2015 at 5:08 p.m.:

Great job by Yale University, all the lectures by prof. Bloom are enlightening. The way he teaches is excellent, one can really have a yales classroom experience at home.


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