In The Foundations of Mind, Jean Mandler presents a new theory of cognitive development in infancy, focusing on the processes through which perceptual information is transformed into concepts. Drawing on her extensive research, Mandler explores preverbal conceptualization and shows how it forms the basis for both thought and language. She also emphasizes the importance of distinguishing automatic perceptual processes from attentive conceptualization, and argues that these two kinds of learning follow different principles, so it is crucial to specify the processes required by a given task. Countering both strong nativist and empiricist views, Mandler provides a fresh and markedly different perspective on early cognitive development, painting a new picture of the abilities and accomplishments of infants and the development of the mind.
About the Author
Jean Matter Mandler is Distinguished Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego. She is the author of Stories, Scripts, and Scenes (1984) and Thinking (1964).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. How to Build a Baby: Prologue
Chapter 2. Piagets Sensorimotor Infant
Chapter 3. Kinds of Representation: Seeing and Thinking
Chapter 4. Perceptual Meaning Analysis and Image-Schemas: The Infant as Interpreter
Chapter 5. Some Image-Schemas and their Functions
Chapter 6. Some Differences between Percepts and Concepts: The Case of the Basic Level
Chapter 7. Some Preverbal Conceptsptual System: Acquisition,
Chapter 9. Continuity in the Conceptual System: Acquisition, Breakdown, and Reorganization
Chapter 11. Language Acquisitionnclusions; References; Index
Chapter 12. Consciousness and Conclusions; References; Index