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Jessie is in the preoperational stage of cognitive development and many factors may influence the way she might portray or tell her story to brother as well as her experience of going to the fire station. Starting with egocentrism, which is when someone has difficulty taking the viewpoint of others, Jessie might think that the fire station was the best thing in the whole world vs. other children in her class who may not have enjoyed it as much. She may even tell her brother how one kid told Jessie he didn’t like it but she thought he was wrong because she had lots of fun. Next comes industry vs. inferiority, which usually takes place at the beginning of school (ages 6 to 11). In this stage children need to cope with new social and academic demands. Success leads to a sense of competence, while failure results in feelings of inferiority. In relation to Jessie and her experience at the fire station, industry vs. inferiority might put her in a position to follow new rules that she isn’t familiar with as well as being put in a new social situation with unfamiliar social demands like being around the firemen. Depth Perception Cues would also affect Jessie’s experience at the fire station and how she later describes it to her brother. Binocular accommodation refers to the way that the lens of the eye changes shape when it brings an image into focus on the retina. This type of depth perception requires both eyes and helps people see things that are both far and near. Jessie would most likely mention things to her brother like seeing a fire truck in the distance while also seeing the firemen talk in front of her when telling her story due to her binocular cues. Retroactive interference involves memory and it is when new memories get in the way of the old material. This would cause Jessie to not be able to tell her brother what happened at school the day before they went to the fire station because she would be fixated on what happened AT the fire station. Her experience...
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