Series Preface.- Preface.- Contributors.- Mathematical and Statistical Methods.- 1 Structural Measurement Theory and Cognitive Development.- 2 The New Two-Stage Model of Learning: A Tool for Analyzing the Loci of Memory Differences in Intellectually Impaired Children.- 3 Learning a Cognitive Skill and Its Components.- 4 Formal Representation of Qualitative and Quantitative Reversible Operations.- 5 Implicit Theories: An Alternative to Modeling Cognition and Its Development.- 6 Modeling X-Linked Mediated Development: Development of Sex Differences in the Service of a Simple Model.- 7 Geometric Methods in Developmental Research..- Computer Simulation Methods.- 8 Computer Simulation, Cognition, and Development: An Introduction.- 9 Children's Knowledge of Simple Arithmetic: A Developmental Model and Simulation.- 10 Mechanisms of Visual Development: An Example of Computational Models.- 11 Monte Carlo Simulation as a Method of Identifying Properties of Behavioral Organization.
Current and comprehensive, Formal Methods in Developmental Psychology reviews and explains the advantages and details of recent methodological advances in developmental psychology. The latest progress in the use of mathematical and computer-based tools in the formulation of theories and data analysis are discussed. Individual chapters describe different approaches to computer simulation and to mathematical modeling, as well as the use of these models in a number of substantive areas including infant vision, perception of intelligence, spatial knowledge, and memory processes. This unique contribution to the "Springer Series in Cognitive Development" allows the reader a better understanding of the many forms of modeling through explicit descriptions of the steps involved in the use of various methods.
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