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Technologies that Shape our Cognitive and Personal Development

In light of present-day American society, Lev Vygotsky believed that by emphasizing particular tasks, culture and society shape the nature of specific cognitive advances. Unless we look at what is important and meaningful to members of a given society, we may seriously underestimate the nature and level of cognitive abilities that ultimately will be attained (Feldman, 2010, p. 216). According to Vygotsky, development proceeds as a result of social interactions between members of a culture (Feldman, 2010, p. 28).

In this assignment, you will examine present-day American society in the spirit of Vygotsky's view about what is important and meaningful to members. For example, one of the most commonly asked questions when people first meet is, "What do you do for a living?" How might this influence or shape cognitive or personal development? How do new technologies such as computers, the Internet, or ATMs shape cognitive or personal development? You will analyze how societal factors influence cognitive development.

Consider present-day America and research particular tasks, acquired skills, abilities, expectations, or norms. Using the Argosy University online library resources for research, select at least one peer-reviewed article for use in this assignment.

Complete the following:

* Select five examples to examine. You can choose from tasks, skills, abilities, expectations, or norms.
* For each of the selected examples, explain how you think these selected examples shape an individual's cognitive focus or development.
* Remember to consider how these examples might vary between various regions and cultures even within the U.S.
* Consider present-day tasks, skills, abilities, expectations, or norms and how they compare to previous generations in terms of development.

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This assignment is asking you to apply today's technology to the question of how that technology shapes our mental development (cognitive) or personal development.

For instance, you may choose from some of the following:

The ability to "surf the web," or navigate the Internet.
The ability to text.
Having the skill of ...

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