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A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition and Action

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A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition and Action presents a comprehensive and detailed theory of early human development based on the principles of dynamic systems theory. Beginning with their own research in motor, perceptual, and cognitive development, Thelen and Smith raise fundamental questions about prevailing assumptions in the field. They propose a new theory of the development of cognition and action, unifying recent advances in dynamic systems theory with current research in neuroscience and neural development. In particular, they show how by processes of exploration and selection, multimodal experiences form the bases for self-organizing perception-action categories.

Thelen and Smith offer a radical alternative to current cognitive theory, both in their emphasis on dynamic representation and in their focus on processes of change. Among the first attempt to apply complexity theory to psychology, they suggest reinterpretations of several classic issues in early cognitive development.

The book is divided into three sections. The first discusses the nature of developmental processes in general terms, the second covers dynamic principles in process and mechanism, and the third looks at how a dynamic theory can be applied to enduring puzzles of development.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [343]-361) and indexes.

About the Author

Esther Thelen was Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Indiana University before her death in 2004.Linda B. Smith is a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Indiana University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262700597
With:
Smith, Linda B.
Author:
Smith, Linda B.
Author:
Thelen, Esther
Publisher:
Bradford Book
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Child Psychology
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Developmental psychobiology
Subject:
Cognition in infants.
Subject:
Perceptual-motor processes.
Subject:
Motor ability in infants.
Subject:
Methodology x
Subject:
Psychotherapy - Child & Adolescent
Subject:
Movements - Behaviorism
Subject:
Psychology-Child Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st MIT pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cognitive Psychology A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition and Action
Publication Date:
19960131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 0.75 in

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