An Evolutionary Perspective on Infant Intelligence

Species Patterns and Individual Variations
  • Sandra Scarr

Abstract

Any attempt to construct an evolutionary view of infant intelligence should raise a certain skepticism in the reader’s mind. What, after all, is the nature of intelligence in infancy? And how shall the validity of an evolutionary account by judged? Not, certainly, by its predictive power for the future evolution of infant behavior! On the first question I shall defer largely to Piaget (1952), whose descriptions and explanations of infant intelligence I find consistent with an evolutionary view. On the second question, a few words about evolutionary theory may be helpful.

Keywords

Nonhuman Primate Evolutionary Perspective Human Infant Infant Development Object Permanence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra Scarr
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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