The Interplay between Cognition and Motivation in Infancy

  • Leon J. Yarrow
  • Frank A. Pedersen


Throughout the history of psychology there has been lively controversy around the concept of intelligence. A recurrent issue has been whether it is meaningful to conceptualize intelligence as a global attribute or whether it is more meaningful conceptually to think of it in terms of its component functions (Burt, 1972; Guilford, 1956; Spearman, 1927; Wechsler, 1950). For some time there has also been unease about the isolation of cognitive abilities from other aspects of functioning (Dem-ber, 1974; Rapaport, 1951; Wechsler, 1950). The basic question is whether cognitive behaviors are a separate domain, an isolated segment of functioning, or whether these abilities are integrally related to other personality and motivational characteristics. Controversy on these issues has been sharpened in recent years as our concepts of motivation have changed and our view of cognitive functioning has become more differentiated.


Fine Motor Social Responsiveness Infant Development Infant Behavior Object Permanence 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leon J. Yarrow
    • 1
  • Frank A. Pedersen
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentUSA

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