The Development of Mental Processing. Efficiency, Working Memory, and Thinking. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development

  • ID: 2246364
  • Book
  • 184 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This Monograph formulates a comprehensive theoretical system that integrates information processing, individual differences, and developmental approaches to the study of the mind. Supporting this system is a longitudinal study that explores relations among information processing efficiency, working memory, and thinking of children 8 to 16 years of age. Results demonstrate that how efficiently one processes information is the main factor underlying the development of working memory. Working memory itself is the main factor underlying individual differences in thinking. Moreover, the study revealed the existence of alternative development pathways. For some cognitive development proceeds at a fast and stable rate; for other the rate is fast and unstable; and for others it is slow and stable. These individual differences in the development depend upon the dynamic combination of the conditions of processing efficiency, working memory, and thinking.
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Abstract.

1. Introduction.

2. The Study Methods.

3. Results: The Architecture of the Mind.

4. Results: The Development of Processing Efficiency.

5. Results: Specifying Patterns of Change by Growth Modeling.

6. Results: Specifying Patterns of Change by Logistic Equations.

7. Toward an Overarching Theory.

Appendixes.

References.

Acknowledgments.

Commentary: A New Kind of Developmental Science: Using Models to Integrate Theory and Research: Kurt W. Fischer and Theo L. Dawson.

Contributors.

Statement of Editorial Policy.

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Constantinos Christou
George Spanoudis
Andreas Demetriou
Maria Platsidou
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