Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

A Neo-Piagetian Approach to Social Cognition Development

Swentosky, Anthony James (2008) A Neo-Piagetian Approach to Social Cognition Development. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

Primary Text

Download (364kB) | Preview


This study uses Case's neo-Piagetian theory (1991) of cognitive development as a conceptual framework to investigate social cognitive development from childhood through late adolescence. Method: Using a coding scheme based on the Case model of cognitive development to evaluate performance on a measure of social reasoning abilities (Movie Clips Task), we examined the relationship between age and levels of cognitive complexity (so-called dimensional and vectorial stages of cognitive complexity). We also examined the contributions of working memory, information processing speed, and verbal IQ on social reasoning complexity. Results: Consistent with Case's theory, adolescents (n = 25) had significantly higher percentages of vectorial responses than pre-adolescents (n = 21), indicative of a greater frequency of responses that are representative of the highest level of cognitive development. Also, in accordance with Case's theory (1992a), information processing speed and working memory were independently associated with Movie Clips task performance, although when entered simultaneously in a linear regression model, only information processing speed significantly predicted performance on the Movie Clips task. Last, partial support for criterion validity for the Movie Clips task was demonstrated by its significant correlation with performance on an alternative measure of social cognitive abilities. The findings support Case's cognitive developmental theory and suggest that social cognitive abilities develop through adolescence.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Swentosky, Anthony
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBachman, Heatherhbachman@education.pitt.eduHBACHMAN
Committee CoChairHaas, Gretchenhaasgl@upmc.eduGLHAAS
Committee MemberJohnson, Carljohnson@pitt.eduJOHNSON
Date: 29 September 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 16 July 2008
Approval Date: 29 September 2008
Submission Date: 25 August 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Psychology in Education
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent development; child development; social cognition
Other ID:, etd-08252008-141032
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:01
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2016 14:37


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item