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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCO223
Professor
Dayuma Vargas Lascano
Semester
Winter

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Chapter 5: Motor, Sensory and Perceptual Development Dynamic Systems View - Esther Thelen: seeks to explain how infants assemble motor skills for perceiving and acting - To develop motor skills, infants must perceive something in the environment that motivates them to act, and then use their perceptions to fine tune their movements - Framework for understanding how many factors work together in natural systems to drive sensorimotor development 1. Development is non-linear - Movement not developed at steady rate: periods of fast, slow, and no change - Small, but critical changes can cause larger shifts 2. Person and context collaborate to produce behaviour and development - Converging factors: body, nervous system, motivation and environment - Perceptions and actions are coupled - Development through adaptation 3. Variability is information - Variability shows us that there is flexibility in movement options = adaptation - There are multiple pathways to development - This sounds like: lifespan developmental, ecological systems perspective Reflexes: built in reactions to stimuli - Govern newborn’s movements - Genetically carried survival mechanism: no learning needed -
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