This edition: Early Adulthood: Cognitive Development
To understand the complexity of adult cognition, it is important to appreciate how thinking and reasoning develop and change over the life span. This lesson deals with cognitive development in early adulthood and illustrates how some young adults progress toward post-formal thinking, recognizing subjective factors while also becoming more capable of reasoning in emotional situations. Early adulthood is a period in life when the decisions one makes can have a significant impact on the rest of one’s life. Complex decisions, such as what career to pursue or finding a life partner, rarely offer clear right or wrong answers. Such challenges encourage a change in thinking, as adults accept and adapt to the contradictions and inconsistencies of everyday life. This lesson explores the impact of the college experience on cognitive growth and considers how various life experiences help adults develop moral reasoning skills that allow them to confront difficult moral issues.