A causal interpretation of Piaget's theory of cognitive development: Reflections on the relationship between epigenesis and nonlinear dynamics

Peter C.M. Molenaar, Maartje E.J. Raijmakers

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Abstract

It is shown that the Piagetian model of stagewise cognitive development can be assigned a powerful causal interpretation in terms of self-organizing epigenetic processes. A detailed heuristic explanation is given of self-organizing epigenetics. In addition, the relationships between selforganizing epigenetics on the one hand, and traditional genetical and environmental accounts of cognitive development on the other hand, are scrutinized. Special emphasis is given to fundamental limitations of causal accounts of cognitive development in terms of the now popular artificial neural networks. To further study these limitations, a paradigm based on Kant's transcendental psychology is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-55
Number of pages15
JournalNew Ideas in Psychology
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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