Early development of body representations by Virginia Slaughter, Celia A. Brownell

By Virginia Slaughter, Celia A. Brownell

Simply because we interact with the realm and every different via bodies and physically hobbies, having the ability to characterize one's personal and others' our bodies is key to human conception, cognition and behavior. This edited publication brings jointly, for the 1st time, developmental views at the development of physique wisdom in infancy and early early life and the way it intersects with different features of conception and cognition. The ebook is organised into 3 sections addressing the physically self, the our bodies of others and integrating self and different. themes contain notion and illustration of the human shape, baby imitation, realizing organic movement, self-representation, goal realizing, motion creation and notion and kid's human determine drawings. each one part contains chapters from major foreign students drawn jointly by means of knowledgeable observation that highlights open questions and instructions for destiny study

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Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Van der Meer, A. and Lee, D. (1995). The functional significance of arm movements in neonates. Science, 267, 693–695. Vygotsky, L. S. (1978). Mind in Society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Watson, J. S. (1995). Self-orientation in early infancy: The general role of contingency and the specific case of reaching to the mouth. In P. ). The Self in Infancy: Theory and Research. Advances in Psychology, Vol. 112 (375–394). Amsterdam, Netherlands: North-Holland/Elsevier Science Publishers.

In order to investigate this, Bahrick and Watson (1985) repeated the paradigm described above using 3-month-old infants; however, no overall preference for either video was seen. It did appear, though, that 3 months of age is a period of transition as the The development of body representations 23 participants were bimodally distributed, with one group preferring the contingent view and another group preferring the non-contingent view. Bahrick and Watson (1985) suggested that this pattern of results indicates that 3 months of age may serve as a transition period through which infants move from being interested in the contingent pattern of information specifying the self to being interested in the non-contingent pattern of information specifying the other.

Infants looked significantly longer at the non-contingent video suggesting that 5-month-olds are capable of detecting contingencies between their own movement and the movement they view on the video. However, in this study a barrier such as a highchair tray did not impede infants’ visual access to their legs. It was therefore impossible to determine whether or not infants identified the visualproprioceptive contingency or alternatively matched visual-visual information in order to discriminate between self- and other-produced movement.

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