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WIREs Cogn Sci
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Cognitive development: changing views of cognitive change

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The aim of research in cognitive development is to understand the origins of human knowledge and to provide an account of cognitive change. Theorizing regarding these issues is rooted in the nativist–empiricist debate. This article traces changing views in that debate, from the beginnings of psychology, through the cognitive revolution, Piaget, and alternatives to Piaget, including nativism, Vygotskyan theory, and information‐processing work. The last section presents current theorizing and outlines various modern versions of nativism, constructivism, and empiricism. WIREs Cogn Sci 2013, 4:479–491. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1245 This article is categorized under: Psychology > Development and Aging

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