Biology and Knowledge Revisited: From Neurogenesis to Psychogenesis

Biology and Knowledge Revisited: From Neurogenesis to Psychogenesis

Biology and Knowledge Revisited: From Neurogenesis to Psychogenesis

Biology and Knowledge Revisited: From Neurogenesis to Psychogenesis

Synopsis

Based on the Annual Symposium of the Jean Piaget Society, Biology and Knowledge Revisited focuses on the classic issue of the relationship between nature and nurture in cognitive and linguistic development, and their neurological substrates.

Excerpt

Comparative cross-species and cross-cultural approaches to studying the evolutionary and developmental relations between biology and knowledge have a long and rich history. Key, on the one hand, is inquiry into how conceptual, perceptual and linguistic behavior grows out of yet extends beyond its roots in the evolution of brain development. This has received the most research attention. Key, on the other hand, is inquiry into how behavior influences and enters into regulating the development and evolution of the brain.

These are the two reciprocal inquiries that Piaget (1971) explored in his seminal, if at times controversial examination entitled Biology & Knowledge: An Essay on the Relations between Organic Regulations & Cognitive Processes. Accordingly, the evolutionary theme of the 31 st annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society in 2001 was inspired by our desire to revisit ideas Piaget developed in Biology and Knowledge. The organizers sought to stimulate reconsideration of these ideas in light of recent comparative research in evolutionary developmental biology, neurobiology, and cognitive development. In particular we wanted to focus on epigenetic models of cognitive and language development in relation to the evolution of brain development.

The 2001 Meeting returned to the broad evolutionary theme of the 25th annual Meeting on Piaget, evolution, and development held in 1995 (Langer & Killen, 1998). It differed from the earlier meeting, however, in . . .

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