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Lecture 2

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Why study developmental psych? Ancient viewpoint: Ancient Roman-children are not beings Christian-raises the moral stance but still different Current conception: Fundamentally different from us, simpler, therefore relevant for studies in cognition Stages of learning Qualitative differences in learning Frameworks Why study developmental psych? 1. by studying how dominant changes find important, otherwise hidden, properties, periods of rapid change, study of qualitative in something as complex as human cognition. 2. often we can help unify our explanations and science wants unified explanation because they are more powerful. But often we can unify our explanations of differences in current behavior by tracing things back to a common origin. However we must be aware of what fallacygenetic fallacy. Although we should make use of this attempt to generate unified explanation by tracing to a common origin, beware of the fallacy. 3. science uses idealization. Science is caught in the forever problem of balancing ecological or external validity with experimental precision. Theres no perfect way of solving that problem. Thats why interpretations and argumentations are irremovable from science. With children, we have a unique opportunity: they are super like us, but they are real, and they are real causes of us. They are an actually existing, causally relevant simplification. They are not perfect but having them as basis of studying our own cognition is extremely helpful. 4. scientists study the world not just to represent it, but to intervene in it. Intervening in early years can intervene more powerfully 5. the inherent interest of the subject matter. Children are thought provoking. As we begin to see how sophisticated their cognition is, we begin to understand our own cognition Philosophical frameworks (different interpretative positions people take on hwat is human psychology?Human nature? Hows it developed? What did people emphasize, neglect? ) How are the 4 psychological framework generated? Framework of John Locke (1632-1704) Supports Enlightenment-what matter most was the rational production of knowledge, science is the best way of doing this, we could use science to transform society John Locke proposes: -childrens cognition operate according to the exact same principle as animal cognition, the only difference is quantityquantitative difference -Development = learning. Learning was absolute, and that the mind is a tabula rasa (blank slate). This is a form of empiricism or environmentalism: all development is
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