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Action ScienceFoundations of an Emerging Discipline$
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Wolfgang Prinz, Miriam Beisert, and Arvid Herwig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018555

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018555.001.0001

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Action in Infancy: A Foundation for Cognitive Development

Action in Infancy: A Foundation for Cognitive Development

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Action Science

Claes von Hofsten

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This chapter focuses on examining early stages of action and finds that actions are an extension of cognitive functions and associated developments. Actions play a key role in every sphere of interaction and activity among living organisms, including human beings, and are influenced by goals and origin as a representation of intrinsic motivation to achieve a specific objective or purpose. The quality and specificity of actions are influenced by different levels of cognitive developments in living organisms. Perception plays a key role in planning, and executes actions for achieving specific goals and objectives. Perception-based systems are also essential for performing meaningful actions, as these systems provide the necessary information for such actions.

Keywords:   cognitive functions, human beings, intrinsic motivation, specificity

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