Ecological Approaches to Cognition: Essays in Honor of Ulric Neisser

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In his book, Memory Observed, Neisser ( 1982) shared an old adage, "Education is what is left over when you have forgotten what you have learned" (p. 5). We wish to reassure our teacher that we have not forgotten all the important lessons. For example, Neisser emphasized clear communication skills in his students. One way that he operationalized good writing was the eight-letter rule. Drafts of our writing returned from his desk with all lengthy, awkward, technical terms circled. One memorable episode was when we asked Neisser to help fund the mailing of our first feedback letter to parents. He agreed to pay, but there was a stipulation: We first had to pay him 5 cents for every word over eight letters long. The newsletter was quickly rephrased so that parents could actually understand the findings.

We end with a personal note to Dick. A quick check of this manuscript indicates that we have violated the eight-letter rule to the tune of 56 dollars and 5 cents. Should we pay you now or is there time for one more revision?


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This work was supported by Individual National Research Service Award grant #MH10226-02 from NICHHD, Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid-of-Research award, and a faculty development grant from Carnegie Mellon University. Additional support was provided by NICHHD grant #HD22830 to Esther Thelen and by funding from the Emory Cognition Project. Portions of this research were presented at the April, 1993 and March, 1995 meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development in New Orleans and Indianapolis.


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Adolph K. E. ( 1997). Learning in the development of infant locomotion. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 62(3, Serial No. 251).

Adolph K. E., Eppler M. A., & Gibson E. J. ( 1993). Development of perception of affordances. In C. Rovee-Collier & L. P. Lipsitt (Eds.), Advances in infancy research, 8, 51-98. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

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Bril B., & Brenière Y. ( 1993). Posture and independent locomotion in early childhood: Learning to walk or learning dynamic postural control? In G. J. P. Savelsbergh (Ed.), The development of coordination in infancy (pp. 337-358). Amsterdam: North-Holland.

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