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by Amanda Woodward,Amy Needham

Learning and the Infant Mind download ebook
Amanda Woodward,Amy Needham
Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 8, 2008)
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The chapters in Woodward and Needham's book are fascinating.

Amanda Woodward, Amy Needham

Amanda Woodward, Amy Needham.

A Needham, T Barrett, K Peterman. Infant behavior and development 25 (3), 279-295, 2002. Learning and the infant mind. A Woodward, A Needham. Oxford University Press, 2008. The acquisition of physical knowledge in infancy. R Baillargeon, L Kotovsky, A Needham. Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press, 1995. Intuitions about support in . -month-old infants.

Amanda Woodward is Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her doctorate at Stanford University, did post doctoral work at Cornell University, and taught at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty at Maryland. Amy Needham is Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. She earned her doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before joining the faculty at Duke University. She studies cognitive and motor development in infancy.

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Дополнительное описание: Contributors; Introduction Amanda Woodward and Amy Needham; 1: Learning and Memory: Like a Horse and Carriage Patricia J. Bauer ; 2: What can Statistical Learning Tell us about Infant Learning? Jenny R. Saffran; 3: Developmental Origins o. .

More recent work has begun to uncover the role of early learning in infants' physical knowledge (Baillargeon, 2004; Johnson, Davidow, Hall-Haro, & Frank, 2008), and the field has taken a new interest in the role of experience in infant cognitive development more generally (Woodward & Needham, 2009). Infants' intention-reading is fertile ground for this new perspective.

When asking how cognition comes to take its mature form, learning seems to be an obvious factor to consider. However, until quite recently, there has been very little contact between investigations of how infants learn and what infants know. For example, on the one hand, research efforts focused on infants' foundational conceptual knowledge-what they know about the physical permanence of objects, causal relations, and human intentions-often do not consider how learning may contribute to the structure of this knowledge. On the other hand, research efforts focused on infants' perceptual and motor learning-how they extract information from the environment, tune their behavior patterns according to this information, and generalize learning to new situations-often do not consider the potential impacts of these perceptual and learning mechanisms the structure of conceptual knowledge. Although each of these research efforts has made significant progress, this research has done little to narrow the divide between the disparate traditions of learning and knowledge. The chapters in this book document, for the first time, the insights that emerge when researchers who come from diverse domains and use different approaches make a genuine attempt to bridge this divide. The authors consider both infants' knowledge across domains, including knowledge of objects, physical relations between objects, categories, people, and language, and learning broadly construed, bringing to bear direct laboratory manipulations of learning and more general considerations of the relations between experience and knowledge.These authors have begun to consider whether and how the products of learning "go beyond" the input in several senses. As a result, several converging trends emerge across Whese diverse points of view. These authors have begun to investigate whether infants derive relatively abstract representations from experience, as well as the extent to which infants generalize information learned in one context to a new context. They have also begun to investigate the extent to which learning is generative, constraining and informing subsequent learning.