Making Predictions: A Developmental Perspective

Cristina M. Atance and Laura K. Hanson

in Predictions in the Brain

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395518
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897230 | DOI:
Making Predictions: A Developmental Perspective

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This chapter argues that the capacity for future-oriented thinking, in the form of expectations, emerges in infancy. It reviews findings that show that, by the early preschool years, children begin to construct scripts, which can then be drawn upon to make predictions about the future. However, preschoolers' conception of the future, and the predictions that they make, extend beyond such scripts. Indeed, as children progress through the preschool years they increasingly take into account the uncertainty and novelty that the future holds. As a result, their conception of the future becomes more flexible, useful, and adaptive.

Keywords: future-oriented thinking; predictions; preschool children; infancy

Chapter.  9188 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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