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The "Humpty Dumpty Problem" in the Study of Early Cognitive Development: Putting the Infant Back Together Again.
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PMID:  20161394     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In this article, I propose that the big question for the field of infant cognitive development is best characterized as the "Humpty Dumpty problem": Now that we have studied cognitive abilities in isolation, how do we put the developing cognitive system (and the infant) back together again? This problem is significant because cognitive abilities do not occur in isolation. Infants remember the items they have attended to and perceived, and their emotional state will influence their perception and representation of the events they encounter. Moreover, by examining the development of the whole cognitive system, or the whole child, we gain a deeper understanding of mechanisms developmental change. Thus, the big question for the study of infant cognition is like the question confronting all the king's horses and all the king's men: How do we put the infant's cognitive system back together again?
Lisa M Oakes
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Title:  Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1745-6924     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
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Created Date:  2010-7-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101274347     Medline TA:  Perspect Psychol Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  352-358     Citation Subset:  -    
Center for Mind and Brain, University of California, Davis.
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R01 HD049840-06//NICHD NIH HHS

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