Q&A: who is the main theorist of cognitive psychology?

Question by : who is the main theorist of cognitive psychology?
it would also be a great help if you specified dates and also the theories they discovered.

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Answer by Jill Wielinski
Why not type in cognitive psychology wiki in google?

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  1. michele said,

    Wrote on January 3, 2012 @ 5:15 am

    Google “Aaron T. Beck”. That should get you started.

    ~Dr. B.~


    Wrote on January 3, 2012 @ 5:21 am

  3. RWPossum said,

    Wrote on January 3, 2012 @ 5:43 am

    About the same time as Aaron, Albert Ellis. Go way back to the 1930s, Illinois state hospital system, Abraham Low, founder of what is now called Recovery International, a self help movement regarded by some as CBT (with emphasis on behavior). Popular author David D. Burns (Feeling Good Handbook) is also a theorist.

  4. ρίℓℓѕbυяу ανσ¢єт ×♥× said,

    Wrote on January 3, 2012 @ 6:12 am

    That would definitely be Jean Piaget. Here are his four stages of cognitive development:

    Sensorimotor Stage (birth to about age 2):
    “During this stage, the child learns about himself and his environment through motor and reflex actions. Thought derives from sensation and movement. The child learns that he is separate from his environment and that aspects of his environment — his parents or favorite toy — continue to exist even though they may be outside the reach of his senses. Teaching for a child in this stage should be geared to the sensorimotor system. You can modify behavior by using the senses: a frown, a stern or soothing voice — all serve as appropriate techniques.”

    Preoperational Stage (begins about the time the child starts to talk to about age 7):
    “Applying his new knowledge of language, the child begins to use symbols to represent objects. Early in this stage he also personifies objects. He is now better able to think about things and events that aren’t immediately present. Oriented to the present, the child has difficulty conceptualizing time. His thinking is influenced by fantasy — the way he’d like things to be — and he assumes that others see situations from his viewpoint. He takes in information and then changes it in his mind to fit his ideas. Teaching must take into account the child’s vivid fantasies and undeveloped sense of time. Using neutral words, body outlines and equipment a child can touch gives him an active role in learning.”

    Concrete Operational Stage (about first grade to early adolescence):
    “During this stage, accommodation increases. The child develops an ability to think abstractly and to make rational judgements about concrete or observable phenomena, which in the past he needed to manipulate physically to understand. In teaching this child, giving him the opportunity to ask questions and to explain things back to you allows him to mentally manipulate information.”

    Formal Operations Stage (adolescence):
    “This stage brings cognition to its final form. This person no longer requires concrete objects to make rational judgements. At his point, he is capable of hypothetical and deductive reasoning. Teaching for the adolescent may be wideranging because he’ll be able to consider many possibilities from several perspectives.”

    This should help,
    ~Ms. V~

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