Developmental Plasticity - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122896200, 9780323157209

Developmental Plasticity

1st Edition

Behavioral and Biological Aspects of Variations in Development

Editors: Eugene Gollin
eBook ISBN: 9780323157209
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1981
Page Count: 296
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Developmental Plasticity: Behavioral and Biological Aspects of Variations in Development explores the behavioral and biological aspects of variations in development from a variety of theoretical viewpoints and research contexts. Topics covered include evolution and genetic variability; sensory bases of infant perception; and learning and ethology. The infancy of human learning processes is also discussed, along with epistemology and developmental psychology. Comprised of eight chapters, this book opens with a review of the broad evolutionary landscape and the specific genetic mechanisms implicated in biological and behavioral development. It then describes the sensory apparatus available to neonatal human beings and analyzes the similarities and differences between ethological theory and learning theory. Developmental plasticity is also examined in interdisciplinary contexts, while the acquisition of behavior patterns during early postnatal development is explored from a traditional learning theory point of view. The remaining chapters focus on the role played by asymmetry in general and by cerebral asymmetry in particular in the generation of individuality; cultural and biological instances of plasticity in development; and the barriers separating epistemology from developmental psychology and psycholinguistics. This monograph will be a useful resource for developmental psychologists and other professionals devoted to child development and learning, as well as those in the fields of genetics and behavioral and biological sciences.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors Preface I Evolutionary and Genetic Background 1 Evolution and Genetic Variability Introduction Contemporary Variability between Species Evolutionary Variability Sources of Variability Variability within Species Molecules and Variability Polygenic Systems Developmental Variability within the Organism Summary Bibliography References II The Sensory Base 2 The Infancy of Human Sensory Systems Introduction Prenatal Origins of Sensory Development Sensory Bases of Infant Perception Conclusions References III Learning and Ethology 3 Learning Theory, Ethological Theory, and Developmental Plasticity Introduction Problems Raised by the Goal-Directedness of Behavior Learning Theory Ethological Theory Developmental Plasticity in the Perspectives of Learning and Instinct Theory Evolution of Developmental Plasticity: Implications for the Analysis of Immediate Causation The Confluence of Ideas: Emergence of Interest in Animal Perception References 4 The Infancy of Human Learning Processes Introduction The Pleasures of Sensation as Incentives for Infant Learning The Infant as Learner The Functions of Early Human Learning Summary References 5 Innate Programs for Perceptual Development: An Ethological View Introduction Perceptual Adaptations to Local Conditions: Honeybees Sensitive Periods for Perceptual Change: Chick Pecking Imprinting and Perceptual Development: Birds Configurational Features and Sign Stimuli: The Herring Gull Innate Constraints on Vocal Imitation: Birdsong Species-Specific Processing of Vocal Stimuli: Macaques


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