Objects in Space and Mind:From Reaching to Words

Smith, Linda B. and Samuelson, Larissa K. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9141-3286 (2009) Objects in Space and Mind:From Reaching to Words. In: The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition. Oxford University Press, pp. 188-207. ISBN 9780199553242

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Cognition, behavior, and development all happen in space, through sensorimotor interactions in a spatial physical world. In his classic theory of the emergence of cognition, Piaget proposed that infant cognition was grounded in these sensorimotor interactions and, indeed, limited by its very sensorimotor nature. One phenomenon that Piaget used to illustrate these ideas was the object concept as manifested in a task that has come to be known as the A‐not‐B task. Infant's perseverative searches for hidden objects in that task suggested object representations tightly tied to the here and now of perceiving and acting. This chapter considers how the spatial perseveration characteristic of babies may play a positive role in keeping track of objects and, indeed, in binding names to objects.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: infancy, object permanence, object concept, spatial perseveration, perception‐action
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition, Action and Perception
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Developmental Science
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 16:02
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2023 17:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/55256
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.003.0009

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