Perception and Its Development in Childhood

  • Robert W. Rieber
  • Aaron S. Carton
Part of the Cognition and Language book series (CALS)


The theme of our lecture today is the problem of perception in child psychology. You know, of course, that no chapter of contemporary psychology has been as fundamentally rewritten in the past 15–20 years as that concerned with the problem of perception. You know that the skirmish between the representatives of the old and the new psychology has been more intense here than in any other domain of research. Nowhere has the structural tradition placed its new conceptions and experimental research methods in such sharp opposition to the old, associative tradition. If we consider concrete experimental material, the chapter on perception has clearly been more extensively rewritten than any other chapter of experimental psychology.


Mental Life Separate Object Structural Psychology Separate Sensation Concrete Thinking 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Rieber
    • 1
  • Aaron S. Carton
    • 2
  1. 1.John Jay College and the Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.State University of New York at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA

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