It’s no secret that cognitive psychologists are some of the most well-read people on the planet. Between their love of reading and their sharp minds, they’ve managed to make many contributions to psychology in spite of being a minority group. So who is the most famous cognitive psychologist? In this article, we’ll take a brief tour through history by examining each of these men and women in turn.
Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist who developed the theory of cognitive development. His work is based on the idea that children’s cognitive development is driven by their interactions with the world, and this has been seen as a major contribution to psychology as an academic discipline.
Piaget’s theory is based on his observations of children growing up in different environments, which led him to conclude that there are four stages: sensorimotor (0-2), pre-operational (3-6), concrete operational (7-12), formal operational (13-18). These stages were named after French psychologists Alfred Binet and Théodore Simon who had earlier studied similar phenomena in their own country.