A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition and Action / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

Cognitive Psychology series

The MIT Press

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Beginning with their own research in motor, perceptual, and cognitive development, the authors (both, psychology and cognitive development, Indiana U.) 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. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262700597
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/1996
  • Series: Cognitive Psychology
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 545,856
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Lessons from Learning to Walk 3
Ch. 2 The Crisis in Cognitive Development 21
Ch. 3 Dynamic Systems: Exploring Paradigms for Change 45
Ch. 4 Dynamic Principles of Development: Reinterpreting Learning to Walk 71
Ch. 5 Dynamics of Neural Organization and Development 129
Ch. 6 Categories and Dynamic Knowledge 161
Ch. 7 The Dynamics of Selection in Human Infants 187
Ch. 8 The Context-Specific Origin of Knowledge 215
Ch. 9 Knowledge from Action: Exploration and Selection in Learning to Reach 247
Ch. 10 Real Time, Developmental Time, and Knowing: Explaining the A-Not-B Error 279
Ch. 11 Hard Problems: Toward a Dynamic Cognition 311
Epilogue 341
References 343
Author Index 363
Subject Index 369
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