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John Stewart, Olivier Gapenne, and Ezequiel A. Di Paolo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014601

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014601.001.0001

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Development through Sensorimotor Coordination

Development through Sensorimotor Coordination

(p.123) 4 Development through Sensorimotor Coordination

Adam Sheya

Linda B. Smith

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This chapter puts forth the thesis that activity-dependent multimodal experience is a core mechanism creating developmental change. This is certainly a classic idea in perceptual learning, but also one receiving increasing attention in cognition and cognitive neuroscience, and in computational studies of learning. Edelman pointed to the coupling of heterogeneous sensorimotor systems in the creation of cognition. This theory starts by recognizing the multimodal nature of the brain at birth; it is a complex system made up of many heterogeneous, overlapping, interacting, and densely connected subsystems. The chapter reviews behavioral evidence from human development—evidence which suggests that transformative change is driven by the sensor–motor coordinations of an active agent in a physical world.

Keywords:   multimodal experience, developmental change, perceptual learning, cognition, cognitive neuroscience, computational studies, Edelman, sensorimotor systems, transformative change, sensor–motor coordinations

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