It seems to me, without really going into any of the research that may have been done on the subject, that a human being is never more vulnerable than the first moment that he or she comes into the world.
So here's the question:
What cognitive functions do you think are present and active in a newborn child? And how do these cognitive functions change and develop over time? How are certain cognitive functions preferred over others and consequently developed into specific personality types?
If I had to guess, I would say all the cognitive functions are present and active in a newborn child. But then again, are cognitive functions even possible at this stage? Are cognitive functions only possible when consciousness is tied to memory in some way? It seems to me that in order for a child to grow and adapt as quickly as it does to the drastically new environment around them, all synapses have to be firing at full speed.
I would love to hear what you guys think and if you know of any significant and helpful research that may have been done on the subject, particularly with regard to the relationship between cognitive functions and early infancy, and maybe even at the fetus stage - or is that not even possible?
Thanks in advance.