Infant Perception and Cognition: Recent Advances, Emerging Theories, and Future Directions

Hardcover | October 28, 2010

EditorLisa M. Oakes, Cara H. Cashon, Marianella Casasola

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The cognitive revolution in the 1950s and 1960s led researchers to view the human mind - like a computer - as an information-processing system that encodes, represents, and stores information and is constrained by limits on hardware (the brain) and software (learning strategies and rules). Theemergence of new behavioral, computational, and neuroscience methodologies, has deeply expanded psychologists' understanding of the workings of the infant, child, and adult mind. One result is that research has focused on mechanisms of change, over developmental time, in the information-processingmind.In this book, Lisa Oakes, Cara Cashon, Marianella Casasola, and David Rakison bring together the recent findings and theories about the origins and early development of the information-processing mind, and provide insight into the future directions in the study of infant perception and cognition.The contributors represent a wide-range of research areas in the study of infant perception and cognition, who emphasize the use of diverse methodological techniques to address key questions about development. Their chapters demonstrate how the combination of historical perspectives on theinformation-processing approach to cognition and recent advances in behavioral, computational, and neuroscience approaches to cognition has contributed to our understanding of how abilities ranging from visual attention to face processing to object categorization have developed during infancy.Across this broad range of topics, it is clear that much of our modern understanding of infant perceptual and cognitive development emerges from the foundation of classic information-processing models of development, such as that of Leslie B. Cohen (1991). The recent advances illustrated in thisbook show how researchers have built on this foundation to uncover the mechanisms that drive developmental change.

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The cognitive revolution in the 1950s and 1960s led researchers to view the human mind - like a computer - as an information-processing system that encodes, represents, and stores information and is constrained by limits on hardware (the brain) and software (learning strategies and rules). Theemergence of new behavioral, computational,...

Lisa Oakes is Professor of Psychology and Faculty Researcher at the Center for Mind and Brain, University of California at Davis. She received her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. She was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at The University of Iowa before joining the faculty at the University of California...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. John Colombo, Leah Kapa, and Lori Curtendale: Varieties of Attention in Infancy2. John E. Richards: Infant Attention, Arousal, and the Brain3. Scott Johnson: A Constructivist View of Object Perception in Infancy4. Cara H. Cashon: Development of Specialized Face Perception During Infancy: An Information-processing Perspective5. Alan M. Slater, J. Gavin Bremner, Scott P. Johnson, and Rachel A. Hayes: The Role of Perceptual Processes in Infant Addition/Subtraction Experiments6. Richard N. Aslin: Perceptual Constraints on Implicit Memory for Visual Features: Statistical Learning in Human Infants7. Thomas R. Shultz: Computational Modeling of Infant Concept Learning: The Developmental Shift from Features to Correlations8. Kelly L. Madole, Lisa M. Oakes, and David H. Rakison: Information Processing Approaches to Infants' Developing Representation of Dynamic Features9. Marianella Casasola: Infant Spatial Categorization from an Information Processing Approach10. Kim Plunkett: The Role of Auditory Stimuli in Infant Categorization11. Lisa Newell, Catherine Best, Holly Gastgeb, Keiran Rump, and Mark Strauss: The Development of Categorization and Facial Knowledge: Implications for the Study of Autism12. Barbara A. Younger and Kathy Johnson: Emerging Competence with Symbolic Artifacts: Implications for the Study of Categorization and Concept Development