Sensory-Motor Organizations and Development in Infancy and Early Childhood

Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Sensory-Motor Organizations and Development in Infancy and Early Childhood Chateu de Rosey, France

  • H. Bloch
  • B. I. Bertenthal
Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 56)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Sensory-Motor Development From the Perspective of Neural Networks and Dynamical Systems

  3. Neurobehavioral Development: Motility and Visuo-Motor Coordinations

  4. Development of Posture and Visual-Vestibular Relations

  5. Development of Reaching and Manual Exploration

  6. Development of Locomotion and Its Implications for Perceptual Learning

  7. Postscript

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 455-455
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 467-512

About these proceedings


This book is the outcome of a Nato Workshop, held in France in July 1989. The workshop was organized to examine current ideas about sensory-motor organizations during human infancy and their development through early childhood. The study of sensory-motor development is experiencing a profound shift in scope, focus, methodology and theoretical foundations. Many of these changes are quite new and not yet well covered in the literature. We thought it would be useful for some of the leading researchers in this field to convene together and to compare notes, and collectively to establish future directions for the field. The reasons for a new conceptualization of sensory-motor development are no doubt numerous, but three are especially significant: 1. One concerns a shift from studying either sensory or motor processing to investigation of the relations between the two. 2. The second is connected to the new emphasis on action, and its implications for goal-directed and intentional behaviour extending over time. 3. Lastly, new theories and methodologies provide access to new tools for studying and conceptualizing the developmental process. 1.-One of the most enduring legacies of the behaviorist perspective has been a focus on the stimulus and the response to the exclusion of the relation between them (Pick, 1989). Historically, this bias translated into a research agenda in which the investigator was concerned with either perceptual or motor competence, but rarely the relation between them.


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Editors and affiliations

  • H. Bloch
    • 1
  • B. I. Bertenthal
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Psycho-Biologie de l’EnfantEPHE & CNRS, URA 315ParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7430-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2071-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-123X
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