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Author Mandler, Jean Matter.

Title The foundations of mind : origins of conceptual thought / Jean Matter Mandler
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004


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 MELB  155.422323 Man/Fom  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 359 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Series Oxford series in cognitive development
Oxford series in cognitive development.
Contents How to build a baby : prologue -- Piaget's sensorimotor infant -- Kinds of representation : seeing and thinking -- Perceptual meaning analysis and image-schemas : the infant as interpreter -- Some image-schemas and their functions -- Some differences between percepts and concepts : the case of the basic level -- Some preverbal concepts -- Conceptual categories as induction machines -- Continuity in the conceptual system : acquisition, breakdown, and reorganization -- Recall of the past -- Language acquisition -- Consciousness and conclusions
Summary "The Foundations of Mind presents a new theory of cognitive development in infancy, focusing on the ways that perceptual information becomes transformed into conceptual thought. Mandler tackles issues such as how babies form concepts and begin to think before they have language, and how they can recall the past and make inductive inferences. Drawing on her extensive research, she illustrates how these processes form the conceptual basis for language and advanced thought, stressing the importance of distinguishing automatic perceptual processes from conceptualizations about what is perceived. She argues that these two kinds of learning, though sometimes confounded in psychological experimentation, follow different principles, and that it is crucial to specify the particular kind of learning required by a given task. Early preverbal concepts, although typically more general than infant perceptual categories, allow infants to make the inductive generalizations necessary for them to form theories about the world and organize their developing conceptual system into a recognizably adult form."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-341) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Cognition in infants.
Concepts in infants.
Thinking -- physiology.
Cognition -- physiology.
Cognition -- physiology.
Thinking -- physiology.
LC no. 2003017304
ISBN 0195172000 :
OTHER TI Oxford scholarship online.