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A Perceptual View of Conceptual Development

  • Thomas J. Tighe
  • Louise S. Tighe
Part of the Perception and Perceptual Development book series (PPD, volume 1)

Abstract

Our theoretical and research interests have focused on the interface between perception and learning. This interface poses two fundamental questions: To what extent is learning a matter of perception? and To what extent is perception a matter of learning? Each of these questions requires a consideration of the possible modification of perception through experience, the first because the issue is whether the changes observed in traditional learning paradigms can be attributed to changes in perception, and the second because the issue is whether experience does work enduring change in perception. In approaching either of these issues, then, the starting point must be a consideration of what is perceived in a given situation at the outset of a given experience and what are the possibilities for change in perception. The premise of this chapter, and of much of our work, is that in addressing these questions those working within the learning orientation have underestimated the perceptual possibilities of the typical laboratory task, with the consequence that important contributions of perception to learning and of learning to perception have been overlooked.

Keywords

Stimulus Pair Experimental Child Psychology Reversal Shift Task Instance Task Dimension 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Tighe
    • 1
  • Louise S. Tighe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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