Socialization – Cognitive and Social Development

Socialization in children is a very interesting sub-field of study in sociology and psychology.  Its findings and advancements help us understand how children adopt certain behavioral and personality characteristics that can last throughout the life-course.  On the flip-side of this equation, it explains the lasting influence that parents, family, and other adults have on the development of a child’s behaviors, attitudes, and social relations.

In this segment we review and explain aspects of cognitive and social development in children. I focus on two of the most important (and related) theories of development – Jean Piaget’s and George Herbert Mead’s.

I make some fun examples along the way arguing why it’s okay to ask babies for investment tips, why arguing that we are a baby doesn’t get us our of our chores, and why watching six year old’s play t-ball is tantamount to torture.