Development of Perception in Infancy: The Cradle of Knowledge Revisited

ISBN : 9780199395637

Martha E. Arterberry; Phillip J. Kellman
392 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jun 2016
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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 neural mechanisms, 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) through philosophical, 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 informed by 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 this book 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 cognitive development, 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 life begins.


Chapter 1 Views of Perception and Perceptual Development
Chapter 2 Physiological and Sensory Foundations of Perceptual Development
Chapter 3 Space Perception
Chapter 4 Pattern Perception
Chapter 5 Object Perception
Chapter 6 Motion and Event Perception
Chapter 7 Auditory Perception
Chapter 8 Intermodal Perception
Chapter 9 Perception and Action
Chapter 10 Perceptual Foundations of Social Development
Chapter 11 Perceptual Foundations of Cognitive Development
Chapter 12 Themes and Applications

About the author: 

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 Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Arterberry currently serves as a consulting editor for Developmental Psychology, and she is a co-author of Development in Infancy: A Contemporary Introduction, Fifth Edition (2013). Her research interests in perceptual and cognitive development include the study of depth perception, three-dimensional object perception, categorization, and memory.; Philip J. Kellman is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his BS from Georgetown University, and his MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He has received numerous awards including the Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, the William Chase Memorial Award from Carnegie-Mellon University, and the rank of Professor Step VI, University of California (Step VI is a special rank conferred in the US system upon evidence of great distinction, recognized nationally or internationally, in scholarly or creative achievement). His research interests include object perception, perceptual learning, and the intersection between perception and cognition to develop and optimize computer-based learning technology.

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