Development of Perception Psychobiological Perspectives - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120653010, 9780323148634

Development of Perception Psychobiological Perspectives

1st Edition

Audition, Somatic Perception, and the Chemical Senses

Editors: Richard Aslin
eBook ISBN: 9780323148634
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1982
Page Count: 484
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Development of Perception: Psychobiological Perspectives, Volume 1, Audition, Somatic Perception, and the Chemical Senses, is the first of a two-part series covering vision, audition, olfaction, taste, tactile sensitivity, and sensory-motor activity during ontogenesis. The focus is on approaches to perceptual development that incorporate a psychobiological perspective. The present volume contains both overviews and specific discussions of audition, somatic perception, and the chemical senses aimed at the anatomical, neurophysiological, and behavioral levels.

The book is organized into four parts. Parts A and B are devoted to aspects of auditory perceptual development in animals and humans, respectively. These include studies on the development of species-specificity in duckling auditory perception; the functional role of auditory perception in parent-offspring recognition in birds; the development of auditory localization in human infants; and experiential components in the development of speech perception. Part C covers issues of somatosensory and sensorimotor development, including pioneering studies of development and plasticity in the neural structures of specialized somatosensory areas. Part D contains chapters on the development of olfaction and taste.

Table of Contents


General Preface


Contents of Volume 2

Part A Animal Studies of Auditory Development

1 Roles of Early Experience in Species-Specific Perceptual Development

I. Introduction

II. Early Development of Species Identification in Precocial Avian Species

III. Roles of Experience

IV. Summary and Conclusions


2 Development of Parent-Offspring Recognition in Birds

I. Introduction

II. Parent-Offspring Recognition in Bank Swallows

III. Theoretical Aspects of Parent-Offspring Recognition


3 Perception of Acoustic Communication Signals by Animals: Developmental Perspectives and Implications

I. Introduction

II. The Development of Avian Acoustic Communication

III. The Development of Primate Vocal Communication

IV. Vocal Perception in Japanese Monkeys: A Case Study

V. Summary


4 Neurophysiological and Anatomical Aspects of Auditory Development

I. Introduction

II. Peripheral Development

III. Central Development

IV. Experiential Effects on Anatomy and Function

V. Summary and Conclusions: Future Directions


Part B Audition and Speech Perception in Human Infants

5 Developmental Changes in Auditory Localization in Infancy

I. Introduction

II. Developmental Studies of Auditory Localization in Infants

III. Conclusions


6 Sensorimotor Aspects of Speech Development

I. Obstacles to Speech Development in the Neonate

II. Sensorimotor Factors

III. Schema Theory Applied to Speech Development

IV. Motor Programs for Speech: Their Nature and Content

V. Summary


7 The Processing of Speech and Nonspeech Sounds by Infants: Some Implications

I. Early Evidence Favoring a Specialized Speech Mode

II. Evidence for a Speech Mode in Infants

III. Another Look at the Evidence for a Speech-Nonspeech Distinction

IV. Evaluating the Evidence: One Possible Interpretation of Infant Speech Perception

V. Some Potential Pitfalls for a Psychophysical Account of Infant Speech Perception

VI. Conclusions


8 The Role of Early Experience in the Development of Speech Perception

I. Introduction

II. Background

III. Role of Early Experience in Perceptual Development

IV. Summary and Conclusions


Part C Somatosensory and Sensorimotor Development

9 Somatosensory Development

I. Introduction

II. Organization of the Somatosensory Pathway

III. Normal Development of the Vibrissal System

IV. Experimental Alterations of the Vibrissal Pathway

V. Some Details in the Cortex

VI. Genetic Control

VII. Environmental Considerations

VIII. Commentary


10 Sensorimotor Development

I. Introduction

II. The Action Stream

III. Sensorimotor Controls

IV. Genetic Predispositions and Experience

V. Conclusions


Part D Development of the Chemical Senses

11 Ontogeny of Olfaction: Reciprocal Roles of Sensation and Behavior in the Development of Perception

I. Introduction

II. Roles of Olfaction in Early Life

III. Development of Sensory-Perceptual Function

IV. Means and Ends in Olfactory Development

V. Routes to Behavioral Specificity

VI. Summary and Concluding Remarks


12 Olfactory Control over Suckling in Albino Rats

I. Introduction

II. Paradigm for Analyses of Olfactory Control over Behavior

III. Suckling

IV. Summary


13 Some Speculations concerning Neurological Mechanisms for Early Olfactory Recognition

I. Introduction

II. Functional Neuroanatomy of the Olfactory System

III. Fundamentals of Olfactory Neural Development

IV. Speculations on the Development of Neural Substrate for Nipple Location and Suckling


14 Development of Flavor Preference in Man and Animals: The Role of Social and Nonsocial Factors

I. Introduction: Behaviorism, Hedonics, Biology, and Flavor Preference Development

II. Inherent Sensory-Affective Bias

III. Effects of Postnatal Experience on Flavor Preference

IV. Social Factors in Development of Flavor Preference

V. Conclusion: Preference Development in Animals and Man


15 Neurophysiological and Anatomical Aspects of Taste Development

I. Introduction

II. General Background on Tongue Taste Buds and Innervation

III. Time Course of Taste Bud Development

IV. Taste Development in Sheep: Prenatal and Postnatal

V. Postnatal Taste Development in the Rat

VI. Potential Role of Early Experience in Taste Development




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