Our developing knowledge of infant perception and cognition

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Abstract

Comments that exciting advances in infant perception research have moved this field into the forefront of research in infant development. This paper identifies infant testing procedures and illustrates how their application has yielded a consistent picture of visual information processing in the first months of life. A recent advance is the recognition that the study of memory and cognition in infancy addresses identical issues raised in the study of cognition in older children and adults. The author provides examples of research, such as the study of infant concept acquisition, to illustrate this shared theoretical focus. Finally, the paper discusses contributions that infant perception research can make to the diagnosis and remediation of perceptual-cognitive deficits in high-risk infants. (35 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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