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Toward an Epigenetic Conception of Mental Development in the First Three Years of Life

  • Robert B. McCall

Abstract

Despite evidence to the contrary, “real intelligence” historically has been considered to be a relatively unitary trait, constant over age, and pervasive in its governance of nearly all mental behaviors (Hunt, 1961). Although it is currently fashionable to denigrate such a view, it is still prevalent to some extent. For example, the excitement in certain quarters about brain-wave tests of intelligence because scores reflect a unitary characteristic, are apparently constant over age, and are equally distributed among different cultural groups stands as testimony to the lingering vestiges of a unitary, developmentally constant “intelligence.”

Keywords

Mental Development Early Language Object Permanence Infant Test Collaborative Perinatal Project 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert B. McCall
    • 1
  1. 1.The Fels Research InstituteUSA

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