Middle Childhood Cognitive Development

Middle Childhood Cognitive Development

Most striking cognitive improvement of this age-period is the increased capacity of the working memory. This capacity usually increases by age but enhanced information processing also contributes to a more efficient cognitive performance overall.

There is an apparent increase in the amount of acquired knowledge in the middle childhood period. The increasing knowledge base is useful in several ways. As children become more capable of remembering things, they can better recall and structure events of the past from memory. Their memories are even more accurate now than before because they have a better understanding of what actually happens. New knowledge is best acquired if it relates to previous knowledge. This is not really possible if one has a very small bank of knowledge. Thus the growth in knowledge base in middle childhood makes new learning a lot easier and fun.

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