Cognition and Memory

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Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)

Abstract

This book chapter provides a summary and overview of current research from the field of cognitive psychology regarding the development of cognition and memory in children. Functional improvements in attention and strategy use lead to many improvements in cognitive abilities but do not explain the whole picture of developmental change in typically developing children. Important improvements in working memory abilities, including the connections to memories within long-term memory, and the ease of retrieving those memories, play an additionally important role. We discuss research conducted with both typically developing and atypically developing children, to promote a better understanding of cognitive development across the field of psychology broadly. Finally, we present conclusions regarding the future directions of research in these areas, as well as the need for careful research in the area of working memory training.

Keywords

Cognitive development Cognition Memory Working memory Long-term memory Attention Children 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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