Studying the Perception-Action System as a Model System for Understanding Development - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128147634

Studying the Perception-Action System as a Model System for Understanding Development, Volume 55

1st Edition

Serial Volume Editors: Jodie Plumert
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128147634
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st September 2018
Page Count: 300
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Table of Contents

  1. Perception and Action, Exploration and Selection, and the Acquisition of Skills in Infancy
    Daniela Corbetta
    2. The Development of Object Fitting:  The Dynamics of Spatial Coordination
    Jeffrey Lockman
    3. Developmental Pathways of Change in Perceptual-Motor Learning
    Karl Newell and Michael Wade
    4. Timing Is Almost Everything: How Children Perceive and Act on Dynamic Affordances
    Jodie Plumert and Joseph K. Kearney
    5. Vision, Whole Body Coordinations, and the Development of Throwing
    John Rieser
    6. Action Errors: A Window into the Early Development of Perception-Action System
    Karl Rosengren and Matthew J. Jiang
    7. Are Different Actions Mediated by Distinct Systems of Knowledge in Infancy and Childhood?
    Peter Martin Vishton
    8. Sensory-Motor Development as a Precursor to Cognition
    Claes von Hofsten
    9. A Perception-Action Approach to Those with Developmental Coordination Disorder
    Jill Whitall and Jane Clark


The Development of Early Childhood Mathematics Education, Volume 55 in the Advances in Child Development and Behavior series, includes chapters that highlight some of the most recent research in the field of development of the perception-action system, with an overarching theme of addressing how the development of the perception-action system is a useful model for understanding both typical and atypical development. Users will find updated chapters on a variety of topics, including sections about the acquisition of skills in infancy, how repeated experiences can affect when performing an action and how children develop their spatial coordination.

This volume provides a comprehensive overview on the development of the perception-action system that will also speak to larger issues in the field of developmental science. Each chapter provides in-depth discussions, with this volume serving as an invaluable resource for developmental or educational psychology researchers, scholars and students.

Key Features

  • Compiles the main contributors to this area of research
  • Theoretical contributions to field of developmental psychology
  • Fills major gap in the literature on this topic


Academic audience comprised of educators and researchers in the fields of developmental psychology, cognitive/perceptual psychology, and developmental disabilities


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About the Serial Volume Editors

Jodie Plumert Serial Volume Editor

Dr. Jodie Plumert received her B.A. in psychology from Kalamazoo College in 1985 and her PhD from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota in 1990. Her PhD thesis was supervised by the late Herbert L. Pick, Jr. She joined the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa in 1990, where she is now a professor and a Starch Faculty Fellow. She served as chair of the department from 2011-2017, and recently received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence from the University of Iowa. She is an associate director of the Safety Research Using Simulation (SAFER-SIM) University Transportation Center at the University of Iowa. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS). She served on the executive board of APA Division 7 from 2004-2007 and as an associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (JECP) from 2007-2010. She now serves on the editorial boards of JECP and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, and on the Developmental Sciences College of Reviewers for the National Science Foundation. Her work focuses on the development of spatial memory and communication and on the role of immature perceptual-motor skills in unintentional childhood injuries. She co-directs the Hank Virtual Environments Laboratory, a state-of-the-art interdisciplinary laboratory that focuses on using virtual environments as laboratories for studying human behavior. She is one of a few researchers in the world with expertise in using immersive, interactive virtual reality technology to study how immature perceptual-motor skills put child cyclists and pedestrians at risk when crossing roads. This work has been published in both psychological science and computer science, and has received widespread media attention. She and her colleagues have received funding for this work from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Toyota Motor Company.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Starch Faculty Fellow, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, The University of Iowa, USA