Organization of Sensorimotor Intelligence

  • Ina Č. Užgiris

Abstract

Infancy is traditionally recognized as a distinct period in the course of human life. Even those who do not view ontogenesis in terms of qualitative transformations in psychological functioning seem to recognize a gap between functioning in infancy and functioning in subsequent age periods. The apparent limitations on self-initiated activity, on physical mobility, and on communication with others during infancy have impressed numerous observers and have led to the conjecture that the infant’s world may be quite unlike the world known by adults. Nevertheless, infant functioning has been more often characterized in terms of lack or deficiency with respect to adult abilities than in terms of a coherent mode of organizing action in the world as it exists for the infant. Studies of infant intelligence have been concerned more with charting those infant behaviors that seem to indicate progressive approximation to adult patterns of action or those that seem to document acquisition of concrete information about reality than with any system manifest in the diverse activities of infants.

Keywords

Intellectual Functioning Retarded Child Object Permanence Stage Level Invisible Displacement 
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  • Ina Č. Užgiris
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyClark UniversityWorcesterUSA

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