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A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition and Action Book, Esther Thelen


 
by Esther Thelen
This in depth exploration of the theory of early human development based on the principles of dynamic systems theory is a must read for Felenkrais Practitioners. Thelen and Smith propose a new theory of the development of cognition and action, unifying recent advances in dynamic systems theory with current research in neuroscience and neural development. In particular, they show how by processes of exploration and selection, multimodal experiences form the bases for self-organizing perception-action categories.
 
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408 Pages
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A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition and Action presents a comprehensive and detailed theory of early human development based on the principles of dynamic systems theory. Beginning with their own research in motor, perceptual, and cognitive development, Thelen and Smith raise fundamental questions about prevailing assumptions in the field. They propose a new theory of the development of cognition and action, unifying recent advances in dynamic systems theory with current research in neuroscience and neural development. In particular, they show how by processes of exploration and selection, multimodal experiences form the bases for self-organizing perception-action categories.

 
Thelen and Smith offer a radical alternative to current cognitive theory, both in their emphasis on dynamic representation and in their focus on processes of change. Among the first attempt to apply complexity theory to psychology, they suggest reinterpretations of several classic issues in early cognitive development.
 
The book is divided into three sections:
  1. The nature of developmental processes in general terms.
  2. Dynamic principles in process and mechanism.
  3. How a dynamic theory can be applied to enduring puzzles of development
 
What People Are Saying
 
"A radical departure from most of current cognitive development theory.... Nativists, structuralists, empiricists and social constructivists will disagree with different parts of this book. Yet this landmark volume is essential reading for all of them." -Annette Karmiloff-Smith and Mark H. Johnson, Nature

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