Psychologist: Jean Piaget

Father of Cognitive Development & Genetic Epistemologist

What is he Famous for?

Cognitive Development: The construction of thought process, including remembering, problem solving, and decision-making, from childhood through adolescence to adulthood. Three basic components: 1. Schemas (building blocks of knowledge) 2. Adaption process 3. Stages of development

Used Genetic Epistemology: "The Origins of Thinking"

How did His research affect psychological thought?

-it effects newborn babies, children, and adults through growth and thought process development using a series of steps to check human intelligence.

How did his research affect the average person?

Before Piaget’s work, the common assumption in psychology was that children are merely less competent thinkers than adults. Piaget showed that young children think in different ways than adults.

How is their research effected by the time period in which they live?

-During WWII he worked faster and harder for the fear he would not finish his work. This forced him to write on Genetic Epistemology.