Cognitive Development

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The developmental process is directed at self-regulatory behavior and the relative independence of behavior from immediate stimulation. There is internalization of the environment so that events in the world can be mentally represented. Once the internal world is created, the child begins to structure stimuli and select adaptive responses rather than reaching automatically. The last step in cognitive development has been termed operational thinking. This divorce of thought from appearance is perhaps the very foundation of human functioning. (68 pp.)

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