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6B: What is the difference between the thought processes of a five-year-old and a freshly-minted graduate with a Ph.D. in astrophysics? That would be cognition, the entirety of mental abilities relating to knowledge and memory. You will come to an understanding of cognitive development and intelligence, as well as how our minds solve problems, make decisions, and represent knowledge.

Piaget's stages of cognitive development

VIDEO 5:52 minutes
​Learn about the stages and developmental milestones in Piaget's theory of cognitive development.

Problem solving

VIDEO 5:51 minutes
Learn about types of problems and common approaches to solving them.

Decision making

VIDEO 6:34 minutes
Learn about common heuristics, biases, and other factors that affect our decisions.

Semantic networks and spreading activation

VIDEO 3:39 minutes
​Learn about how knowledge is organized in the mind.


VIDEO 7:58 minutes
Learn about different definitions of intelligence and the nature/nurture debate in the context of intelligence.

Aging and cognitive abilities

VIDEO 3:10 minutes
​Learn about how cognitive abilities change as we age.