Life Span and Developement

Lifespan Development and Personality

Kobe Bean Bryant was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 23, 1978.
As of March 11, 2011, Kobe ranks fourth and sixth in the National Basketball Association league’s all-time post-season scoring and all-time regular season scoring lists. Bryant is also the all-time leading scorer in Lakers history.   In 2008 Kobe brought home a gold medal from the Olympic Games and in 2009 was named the NBA player of the decade. He has been the Lakers one-time regular season and three time Finals MVP and has appeared and played in 13 consecutive All-Star games in a row. Kobe Bryant’s 81 point outburst versus the Toronto Raptors comes second to Will Chamberlin’s record-setting 100 points scored in a regular season game.
Cognitive Development
According to Bjorklund (2004), cognitive development refers to how a person perceives, thinks, and increases understanding of his world through the interaction of genetic and learned factors. The areas of cognitive development are information processing, intelligence, reasoning, language development, and memory. According to Piaget’s theory environmental influences have an impact on children starting at a young age as they begin to mimic what they see and hear.
Kobe Bryant began playing basketball when he was three. His father was ‘Jelly Bean Joe’ a Philadelphia legend and eight year player for the NBA. He also played basketball on a professional team in Italy.   Kobe grew up in a world of basketball and his world revolved around his father’s basketball schedule. He went to every one of his dad’s practices and games and traveled with him and his teams all over the United States and Italy. On Joe’s days off family time was watching other friends play in their games.   Kobe was influenced heavily by his environment and by watching and imitating all that it took to become a seasoned player. Hard work, dedication, and skills were imbedded in his brain. He also had the encouragement from an...