Assessment of Sensory and Behavioral Functions in Infancy

  • Lewis P. Lipsitt


Important advances have been made over the past two decades in the recording and understanding of sensory and learning processes of infants. These have enabled the earlier detection, and often the amelioration, of conditions hazardous to the further development of the child. Health care professionals and researchers with special interests in infant behavioral processes have come increasingly to realize that even newborns are remarkably responsive to stimulation in all sensory modalities. Moreover, the quality and character of the environment play a role in the behavior of the baby right from the start. This means that (1) behavior is to an extent determined and modified by the stimulation that is supplied to the child, either inadvertently or deliberately, and (2) the baby and its caretakers constitute a virtual control system in which each responds to the other and each serves as stimulant to the other.


Behavioral Function Delivery Room Infant Behavior Crib Death Case Deceased Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lewis P. Lipsitt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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