Perceptual Development in Infancy

Perceptual Development in Infancy

Perceptual Development in Infancy

Perceptual Development in Infancy

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Each year, the Institute of Child Development brings together a group of distinguished investigators who share a common desire to understand the nature of development. The chapters in this volume are based on papers presented at the 20th of this continuing series, the Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology. The meetings were held October 31 through November 2, 1985, at the University of Minnesota.

When the time came to plan the 20th Minnesota Symposium, many of us were feeling the immediate effects of the loss of Phil Salapatek, who died unexpectedly at the age of 43 in March 1984. The choice of topic for this volume, the development of perception, was a natural outcome of our wish to honor the memory of Phil Salapatek and to reflect on his contribution to his colleagues, his students, and to the field.

Although all the contributions to this symposium deal with the perceptual development in infancy, the chapters are diverse in the levels of phenomena they address; the topics range from the neurophysiological to the cognitive. The desire to bring together outstanding researchers working at different levels of inquiry for interchange and argument reflects the breadth of interests Phil encouraged, his willingness to explore new ideas, and his high scientific standards.

We were fortunate to have as contributors to the symposium a number of the most outstanding researchers in the field of perceptual development. The primary contributors wereDonald Mitchell,Janette Atkinson,Oliver Braddick ,Richard Aslin,Martin Banks,Elizabeth Spelke,Patricia Kuhl, andAndrew Meltzoff. In addition, Phillip Kellman and Eleanor Gibson provided integrative commentaries on the chapters and the issues they raised. It . . .

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