Early Years Cognitive Development

Early Years Cognitive Development: young infancy

The period from young infancy to childhood signifies a gigantic transformation of human cognitive development. Since infants do not talk, exploring the rate and the nature of their cognitive functioning has been rather mysterious. In fact, the common belief used to be that not much is happening until language would arrive. First insight into infants’ ability to learn came from meticulous observational studies of researchers like Piaget who noted sensory-motor patterns functioning and even changes in infants, inferring their ability to learn. Contemporary developmental research clearly shows that infants are capable of understanding object permanence (out of sight is NOT out of mind) and representational thinking (scents of memories past) which was thought to occur much later in the life span.

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