Implications and Applications of Piaget’s Sensorimotor Concepts

  • John Churcher
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 16)


For Piaget, the only invariants are functional ones: the same function is served by a variety of structures in different places at different times. In biology, the function of circulation, for example, is served by different but in some sense analogous structures in different organisms, or in the same organism at different moments of its development. And within this conception of biology, it is only the functional identity between morphologically diverse structures that gives you any principle of functional classification of organs. The two most general functional invariants are adaptation and organization. Piaget defines adaptation as a “progressive equilibrium between two component processes, assimilation and accommodation” (Piaget, 1953 (1936), p.6).


Cellular Automaton Virtual Hand Operational Thought Composite Scheme Sensorimotor Cognition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Churcher
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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