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A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition by Esther Thelen

By Esther Thelen

A Dynamic structures method of the advance of Cognition and motion offers a finished and targeted conception of early human improvement in line with the rules of dynamic structures thought. starting with their very own examine in motor, perceptual, and cognitive improvement, Thelen and Smith increase primary questions approximately triumphing assumptions within the box. They suggest a brand new thought of the improvement of cognition and motion, unifying contemporary advances in dynamic platforms conception with present examine in neuroscience and neural improvement. particularly, they express how through methods of exploration and choice, multimodal studies shape the bases for self-organizing perception-action categories.Thelen and Smith supply a radical replacement to present cognitive concept, either of their emphasis on dynamic illustration and of their concentrate on approaches of swap. one of the first try and observe complexity concept to psychology, they recommend reinterpretations of a number of vintage matters in early cognitive development.The publication is split into 3 sections. the 1st discusses the character of developmental strategies in most cases phrases, the second one covers dynamic rules in procedure and mechanism, and the 3rd seems at how a dynamic concept might be utilized to enduring puzzles of development.Cognitive Psychology sequence

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II. Title. III. Series. 42´2235dc2093-6037 CIP For David and Maurice Contents Series Foreword ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction xiii PART I The Nature of Development: A Dynamic Approach Chapter 1 Lessons from Learning to Walk 3 Chapter 2 The Crisis in Cognitive Development 21 Chapter 3 Dynamic Systems: Exploring Paradigms for Change 45 Chapter 4 Dynamic Principles of Development: Reinterpreting Learning to Walk 71 PART II Seeking Mechanisms of Change Chapter 5 Dynamics of Neural Organization and Development 129 Chapter 6 Categories and Dynamic Knowledge 161 Chapter 7 The Dynamics of Selection in Human Infants 187 PART III Dynamics and the Origins of Knowledge Chapter 8 The Context-Specific Origin of Knowledge 215 Chapter 9 Knowledge from Action: Exploration and Selection in Learning to Reach 247 Page viii Chapter 10 Real Time, Developmental Time, and Knowing: Explaining the A-Not-B Error 279 Chapter 11 Hard Problems: Toward a Dynamic Cognition 311 Epilogue 341 References 343 Author Index 363 Subject Index 369 Page ix Series Foreword The series on Cognitive Psychology presents a collection of definitive books on cognition viewed from a psychological perspective.

We show how the systematic dissection of locomotor development raised fundamental issues about the nature of development which were inadequately addressed by prevailing theory. While the bulk of this chapter is concerned with human locomotion, we demonstrate that locomotor development in other vertebrate speciescat, chick, and frogillustrates identical problems of ontogenetic process. Then, in chapter 2, we build a parallel story for emerging human cognition. Learning to Walk: The Views from Above There is a long and venerable tradition in developmental psychology of studies of learning to walk.

The boundaries between what is "innate" and what is "acquired" become so blurred as to be, at the very least, uninteresting, compared to the powerful questions of developmental process. Thus, here we turn the reductionist-dichotomous paradigm on its head to ask how behavior arises from a multitude of underlying contributing elements. It is not so much how the whole can be understood as a function of the pieces, but Page xix how the pieces can come together to produce the whole. At the same time that we reject a simple reductionist view of organic development, we also believe strongly, like others before us, that cognitive growth is an extension of adaptive ontogeny in general.

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