Motivation and Cognition in Infancy

  • Leon J. Yarrow
  • David J. Messer


Throughout the history of psychology there has been lively controversy about the concept of intelligence. A recurrent issue has been whether it is meaningful to conceptualize intelligence as a global attribute or whether it is more meaningful conceptually to think of it in terms of its component functions (Burt, 1972; Guilford, 1956; Spearman, 1927; Wechsler, 1950). For some time, however, there has also been unease about the isolation of cognitive characteristics from other aspects of functioning (Dember, 1974; Rapaport, 1951; Wechsler, 1950). A basic question is whether cognitive behaviors are a separate domain, an isolated segment of functioning, or whether these abilities are integrally related to other personality and motivational characteristics. Controversy on these issues has been sharpened in recent years as our concepts of motivation have changed, and our view of cognitive functioning has become more differentiated.


Intrinsic Motivation Cognitive Development Exploratory Behavior Infant Behavior Object Permanence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leon J. Yarrow
    • 1
  • David J. Messer
    • 2
  1. 1.Late of the Child and Family Research BranchNational Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Psychology DivisionThe Hatfield PolytechnicHatfield, HertsEngland

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