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Cognitive development, according to Webster’s dictionary, is the process of acquiring intelligence and increasingly advanced thought and problem-solving ability from infancy to adulthood. In the earlier stages of one’s life, an individual’s cognitive thinking is affected by both inherited genes (nature) and experiences that take place throughout our lives (nurture). The development of the human brain plays an important role in living, learning, and other skills needed throughout life. For the purpose of this paper, one can also argue that this cognitive development plays a major role in an individual’s ethical judgment and personal responsibility. Our brain’s cognitive understanding and interpretation of information is what makes us all individuals. William Perry was a well known psychologist who specifically studied college students and what he perceived to be three stages of development throughout their college years. Perry theorized that their were 3 major stages of student development. In each of these stages an individual has a certain perspective on what is essentially right or wrong.


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