ERIC Number: ED182037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Towards a Sufficient Theory of Transition in Cognitive Development.
Wallace, J. G.
The work reported aims at the construction of a sufficient theory of transition in cognitive development. The method of theory construction employed is computer simulation of cognitive process. The core of the model of transition presented comprises self-modification processes that, as a result of continuously monitoring an exhaustive record of environmental interaction, construct and modify a long term model of the child and the child's world. Elements of the simulated model of transition include the representation of regularities, and avoidance of unnecessary processing, and probabilistic features representing the effects of motivational and emotional influences on learning and other processes. Main operational features of the computer simulation are a time line record of episodic memory which is self-modifying through the detection of regularities, processes of regularity and novelty detection, and the modification of the child's world model in long term memory. It is concluded that a sufficient transition theory, constructed in accordance with the general hypothesis that development is a monotone, continuous process, is capable of producing a variety of performance data which are interpretable as evidence of non-monotone, discontinuous development. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cognitive Transition
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Congress of International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (5th, Lund, Sweden, June 25-29, 1979).