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Organization of Sensorimotor Intelligence

  • Ina C. Uzgiris

Abstract

Infancy is traditionally recognized as a distinct period in the course of human life; with regard to intellectual activity it is frequently considered to be not only distinct but different. Even those who do not view ontogenesis in terms of qualitative transformations seem to recognize a gap between functioning in infancy and in subsequent age periods. The apparent limitations on self-initiated activity, on physical mobility, and on communication with others during infancy have impressed numerous observers and have led to the conjecture that the infant’s world may be quite unlike the world as known by the adult. Thus studies of infant intelligence have been concerned largely with charting those infant behaviors that seem to indicate progressive approximation to adult patterns of action, or those that seem to document acquisition of concrete information about the world. Since the importance of advance to adult and thereby uniquely human forms of intellectual activity is so clear, the relative neglect of forms of functioning characteristic of infancy itself need not be surprising.

Keywords

Intellectual Functioning Intellectual Activity Object Permanence Object Construction Stage Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ina C. Uzgiris
    • 1
  1. 1.Clark UniversityUSA

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