Moving toward a grand theory of development:In memory of esther thelen

Spencer, John P., Corbetta, Daniela, Buchanan, Patricia, Clearfield, Melissa, Ulrich, Beverly and Schöner, Gregor (2006) Moving toward a grand theory of development:In memory of esther thelen. Child Development, 77 (6). pp. 1521-1538. ISSN 0009-3920

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Abstract

This paper is in memory of Esther Thelen, who passed away while President of the Society for Research in Child Development. A survey of Esther Thelen's career reveals a trajectory from early work on simple movements like stepping, to the study of goal-directed reaching, to work on the embodiment of cognition, and, ultimately, to a grand theory of development-dynamic systems theory. Four central concepts emerged during her career: (1) a new emphasis on time; (2) the proposal that behavior is softly assembled from the interaction of multiple subsystems; (3) the embodiment of perception, action, and cognition; and (4) a new respect for individuality. Esther Thelen communicated these ideas to scientists and practitioners alike, so the ultimate benefactors of her work were children.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 17:02
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2019 09:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/55271
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2006.00955.x

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