Psychobiological Aspects of Cognitive Growth

Psychobiological Aspects of Cognitive Growth

1st Edition - January 1, 1977

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  • Author: Reuven Kohen-Raz
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483270128

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Psychobiological Aspects of Cognitive Growth elucidates the psychobiological aspects of cognitive development. The goals of this book are limited to a description of what may be defined as ""borderline"" phenomena of cognitive development. These are phenomena that can be observed and measured behaviorally, and also can be conveniently investigated by neurophysiological, genetic, and biological methods. The book begins with a review of ""basic approaches"" to the problems of psychobiological interaction in cognitive processes. It then presents major theoretical contributions of prominent authors to this subject, namely, Werner's sensoritonic theory, Rothschild's model of the biosemiotic structure of the nervous system, and Piaget's psychobiological interpretations of intellectual growth. This is followed by a general discussion of psychobiological aspects of cognitive development in infancy, and a report on physical correlates of school readiness, including some investigations on relations between static balance ability and reading skill. After a presentation of findings and theoretical considerations related to effects of birth season on physical and mental growth, the final chapter summarizes three studies on the impact of physiological pubertal maturation on mental achievements at adolescence.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1 Basic Approaches

    Psychophysical Analogy

    The Genetic Approach

    The Theory of Early Response Repertoires

    The Information Theory Model

    The Ethological Approach

    The Biochemical Approach

    Electrophysiological Measurement

    2 Psychobiological Aspects of Piaget's Theory

    3 Sensoritonic Theory

    4 Biosemiotic Interpretations of Perceptual-Motor Processes and Their Involvement in Higher Cognitive Functions

    5 Psychobiological Aspects of Cognitive Development in Infancy

    Critical Phases in the Development of Sensorimotor Intelligence

    EEC Studies in Infancy

    Tonicity and Metabolism

    Distinguishing Organic and Cultural Retardation

    6 Psychobiological Aspects of School Readiness

    7 Psychobiological Effects of Birth Season

    8 Physiological Maturation and Mental Growth during Preadolescence and Puberty





    9 Concluding Remarks


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 140
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: January 1, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483270128

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Reuven Kohen-Raz

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