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From The CriticsReviewer:Marie McGettigan, MD(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description:This is the second in a series of three volumes to present exciting, cutting edge and high quality research on infants. As in volume one, each chapter is autonomous and can stand alone with its comprehensive coverage of definitions, historical presentations, current theories and subsequent research as well as speculations on future research in the areas covered.
Purpose:With a balance between well-established and emerging researchers typical of this series, this publication provides a forum for the presentation of technological breakthroughs, methodological advances and new integrations as platforms for the launch of future work on the complexities of infant behavior and development.
Audience:The book has a wide appeal for pediatricians, pediatric specialists in psychiatry, neurology, ophthalmology, ear nose and throat, psychologists, speech therapists, optometrists, audiologists, computer modelers, and any student of infant behavior and development.
Features:This volume is dedicated to Dr. Lewis P. Lipsitt, revered mentor of the editors and best known for his work in infant conditioning. The volume opens with early work that laid the groundwork for his belief that the study of elicited behavior after challenges to infants provides insight into their "state" and is critical for their well-being and preservation. Other topics in Volume Two include the development of an infant's task-dependent memory for hidden objects, using computational models to understand infant behaviors and learning; how infants use a fluid movement repertoire in asea of novelty to achieve a desired movement outcome; how infants develop three facets of spatial vision, namely, contrast sensitivity, vernier acuity and grating acuity; how infants develop memory for personally experienced events; and how and when infants categorize adult infant-directed speech as they develop communication skills
Assessment:By reading this book, the reader gains insight into challenged infant behaviors and state- of-the-art research in the development of critical aspects of vision, communication, movement and memory.