Development of Perception in Infancy: The Cradle of Knowledge Revisited

Paperback | May 27, 2016

byMartha E. Arterberry, Phillip J. Kellman

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The developing infant can accomplish all important perceptual tasks that an adult can, albeit with less skill or precision. Through infant perception research, infant responses to experiences enable researchers to reveal perceptual competence, test hypotheses about processes, and infer neuralmechanisms, and researchers are able to address age-old questions about perception and the origins of knowledge.In The Cradle of Knowledge: Development of Perception in Infancy Revisited, Martha E. Arterberry and Philip J. Kellman study the methods and data of scientific research on infant perception, introducing and analyzing topics (such as space, pattern, object, and motion perception) throughphilosophical, theoretical, and historical contexts. Infant perception research is placed in a philosophical context by addressing the abilities with which humans appear to be born, those that appear to emerge due to experience, and the interaction of the two. The theoretical perspective is informedby the ecological tradition, and from such a perspective the authors focus on the information available for perception, when it is used by the developing infant, the fit between infant capabilities and environmental demands, and the role of perceptual learning. Since the original publication of thisbook in 1998 (MIT), Arterberry and Kellman address in addition the mechanisms of change, placing the basic capacities of infants at different ages and exploring what it is that infants do with this information. Significantly, the authors feature the perceptual underpinnings of social and cognitivedevelopment, and consider two examples of atypical development - congenital cataracts and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Professionals and students alike will find this book a critical resource to understanding perception, cognitive development, social development, infancy, and developmental cognitive neuroscience, as research on the origins of perception has changed forever our conceptions of how human mental lifebegins.

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The developing infant can accomplish all important perceptual tasks that an adult can, albeit with less skill or precision. Through infant perception research, infant responses to experiences enable researchers to reveal perceptual competence, test hypotheses about processes, and infer neuralmechanisms, and researchers are able to addr...

Martha E. Arterberry is Professor of Psychology at Colby College, Maine. She received her BA from Pomona College and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. She previously was Professor of Psychology at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, and she is a collaborative investigator at the Child and Family Research Section of the Eunice Ken...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.59 inPublished:May 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Anyone interested in perception in general or perceptual development in particular would treasure this book, including researchers, students, and the interested public. Numerous illustrations enhance a lively text, written in an engaging style. This outstanding revision provides anup-to-date account of what we have learned over the last four decades about infant perception." --Rachel Keen, Professor Emerita of Psychology, University of Virginia