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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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Thinking in Movement: Further Analyses and Validations

Thinking in Movement: Further Analyses and Validations

(p.165) 6 Thinking in Movement: Further Analyses and Validations

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone

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This chapter discusses infant spatial perceptions and cognitions, and how they are intimately tied to movement and are constituted from the ground up by infants themselves even without instruction from anyone. Psychologists describe the fascination of infants and young children with “insideness,” i.e. with being in or inside, or with putting inside. As an example, the chapter presents a statement Piaget made in conjunction with one of his documented observations of a mouth gesture made by his sixteen-month-old daughter. This statement dramatically highlights both the phenomenon of thinking in movement and the all-too-common oversight of it. Infant psychologist T. G. R. Bower, in the context of corroborating observations made by Piaget of his children, writes that “Piaget’s son was surely typical in finding the relation ‘inside’ fascinating.” Latter parts of the chapter point out an oversight on Piaget’s part in making his statement.

Keywords:   infant spatial perceptions, cognitions, movement, insideness, Piaget, thinking in movement, Bower

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