Category Archives: Cognitive Development

Cognitive Studies on Mirror Neurons

One of the interesting things about cognitive studies, or studies of how the brain works, is that oftentimes a piece of research into an area like medical research can also yield useful information for education or psychology. And so is the case with mirror neurons, a function of the brain, which has implications in all […]

Cognitive: Teaching Young Minds’

When a teacher is planning a lesson, beyond thinking through the skills, knowledge and concepts of what is being taught, the teacher also has to think about what the best way to get the information into the diversely able brains will be. Students learn differently and they come to class with different sets of prior […]

Cognitive Character Education

When we send our children to school we can expect that schools will focus on their character education.  Although ‘Character Education’ is not a formal class, most schools have a formal policy that oversees character education and suggests ways in which it can be integrated into daily teaching and learning. Character, or moral, development has […]

Cognitive Friday: Holiday Shopping

The holiday season is a special time for families. It is also a very special time for retailers, a segment of business that has mastered their understanding of the cognitive processes which people bring to the shopping experience. Consumer behaviors have been studied at length by marketers to understand how to get people to buy […]

Cog Friday: Group Cognition

The human mind is a singular thing… until it enters a group. Group cognition is the study of how the mind processes information when people are in a group setting, and it has some interesting implications on thought processes. It happens all the time that people who are working together will come up with the […]

Cognitive Dissonance

As with meta-cognition, cognitive dissonance is one of learning’s great leaps forward. Most generally, cognitive dissonance is the moment in which a person recognizes that something does not seem right, intellectually speaking, and they are driven to figure out why that is. That combination of non-understanding with drive for understanding propels deeper knowledge on a […]