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Children's Thinking, 5th Edition

A comprehensive book supported by extensive research studies and data, Bjorklund’s text presents the broadest coverage of topics in cognitive development. Unlike other books, Bjorklund shows readers how developmental function can help explain individual differences in cognition by covering both the typical pattern of change in thinking observed over time and the individual differences in children’s thinking in infancy and childhood. A major theme of this book is the continuous transaction between the embodied child embedded in a social world: although a child is born prepared to make some sense of the world, his or her mind is also shaped by forces in the physical and social environment.


1. An Introduction to Cognitive Development. 2. Biological Bases of Cognitive Development. 3. The Social Construction of Mind: Sociocultural Perspectives on Cognitive Development. 4. Infant Perception and Cognition. 5. Thinking in Symbols: The Development of Representation. 6. The Development of Folk Knowledge. 7. Learning to Think on Their Own: Executive Function. 8. Memory Development. 10. Social Cognition. 11. Schooling and Cognition. 12. Approaches to the Study of Intelligence. 13. Origins, Modification, and Stability of Intellectual Differences.

About the Author

David F. Bjorklund is Professor of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in developmental psychology since 1976. He received a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1971, an M.A. degree in psychology from the University of Dayton in 1973, and a Ph.D. degree in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. He has received numerous teaching and research awards from Florida Atlantic University, and is the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. He has co-authored several books. Bjorklund has served as Associate Editor of CHILD DEVELOPMENT, published by the Society for Research in Child Development, has served on the editorial boards of DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, DEVELOPMENTAL REVIEW, COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW, JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY, JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT, JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY, and SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY QUARTERLY, and has served as a contributing editor to PARENTS MAGAZINE. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles on various topics relating to child development and has received financial support for his research from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the German Research Foundation. His current research interests include children’s cognitive development, cognitive developmental primatology, and evolutionary developmental psychology.

I bought this book for a course and ended up reading MORE than what was on the reading assignments. The text is both informative and enjoyable to read as I was able to learn more than I could have imagined about how children’s thought processes develop over different periods of time. The author does a great job, using a plethora of fun examples, of connecting to the reading audience who may not have a solid psychology background. Moreover, this book even makes a great guideline for parents who may have questions or interests in their child’s thinking patterns and behaviors. I am very glad to have bought this book and plan on holding onto it until I have kids of my own someday (hopefully).

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 5 edition (January 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111346054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111346058
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches

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