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The Pragmatic TurnToward Action-Oriented Views in Cognitive Science$
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Andreas K. Engel, Karl J. Friston, and Danica Kragic

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034326

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034326.001.0001

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The Development of Action Cognition

The Development of Action Cognition

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The Pragmatic Turn

Antonia F. de C. Hamilton

Victoria Southgate

Elisabeth Hill

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Humans learn motor skills over an extended period of time, in parallel with many other cognitive changes. The ways in which action cognition develops and links to social and executive cognition are under investigation. Recent literature is reviewed which finds evidence that infants advance from chaotic movement to adult-like patterns in the first two or three years of life, and that their motor performance continues to improve and develop into the teenage years. Studies of links between motor and cognitive systems suggest that motor skill is weakly linked to executive function and more robustly predicts social skill. Few, if any, models account directly for these patterns of results, so the different categories of models available are described.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, action cognition development, autism spectrum condition, information processing mechanisms, language, mechanisms of social interaction, nonverbal interaction, skill learning

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