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Cognitive Development: Construction of New Structures or Construction of Internal Organizations

ContributorsMounoud, Pierre
Published inNew directions in piagetian theory and practice, Editors Sigel, I.E., Brodzinsky, D.M. & Golinkoff, R.M., p. 99-114
PublisherHillsdale, NJ : L. Erlbaum
Publication date1981

The purpose of this chapter is to present the hypothesis that cognitive development can be considered as the construction of internal organizations of contents (internal memories) and not as the construction of new structures as Piaget states. The hypothesis consider that Piaget's general coordinations of action are preformed and related to subcortical structures. It is on the basis of these preformed structures, that internal organizations of contents (memories) occur by means of cortical structures (in particular parieto-frontal and occipito-temporal).

  • Cognitive development
  • Construction of new structures
  • Construction of internal organizations
  • Internal models or memories
  • General coordinations of action
  • Preformation
NoteFrench version: Bulletin de Psychologie, 33(343), 107-118. Mounoud (1979)
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MOUNOUD, Pierre. Cognitive Development: Construction of New Structures or Construction of Internal Organizations. In: New directions in piagetian theory and practice. Hillsdale, NJ : L. Erlbaum, 1981. p. 99–114.
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