Foundations of Mind: Origins of conceptual thought

Paperback | March 1, 2007

byJean Matter Mandler

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In Foundations of the 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 extensive research, Mandler explores preverbal conceptualisation and shows how it formsthe basis for both thought and language. She also emphasises the importance of distinguishing automatic perceptual processes from attentive conceptualisation, 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.

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In Foundations of the 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 extensive research, Mandler explores preverbal conceptualisation and shows how it formsthe basis for both thought and language. She a...

Jean Matter Mandler is a Research Professor of Cognitive Science, Universit of California, San Diego.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.59 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195311833

ISBN - 13:9780195311839

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Table of Contents

1. How to Build a Baby2. Piaget's Sensorimotor Infant3. Kinds of Representation: Seeing and Thinking4. Perceptual Meaning Analysis and Image-Schemas: The Infant as Interpreter5. Some Image-Schemas and their Functions6. Some Differences Between Percepts and Concepts: The Case of the Basic Level7. Some Preverbal Concepts8. Concepts as Induction Machines9. Continuity in the Conceptual System: Acquisition, Breakdown, and Reorganization10. Recall of the Past11. Language Acquisition12. Consciousness and Conclusions

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"A deep and elegant book on the puzzling problem of how we humans make the leap (if a leap is what it is) from perceiving the world to making conceptual distinctions relating to it. Jean Mandler has the necessary courage and research experience to face up to the issues that have perplexedstudents of mind for millennia. Her book is not only highly informative but very exciting reading. Bravo!" -Jerome S. Bruner, Research Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Fellow in Law, New York University