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"Tangible as tissue": Arnold Gesell, infant behavior, and film analysis.
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PMID:  21995223     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
From 1924 to 1948, developmental psychologist Arnold Gesell regularly used photographic and motion picture technologies to collect data on infant behavior. The film camera, he said, records behavior "in such coherent, authentic and measurable detail that ... the reaction patterns of infant and child become almost as tangible as tissue." This essay places his faith in the fidelity and tangibility of film, as well as his use of film as evidence, in the context of developmental psychology's professed need for legitimately scientific observational techniques. It also examines his use of these same films as educational material to promote his brand of scientific child rearing. But his analytic techniques - his methods of extracting data from the film frames - are the key to understanding the complex relationship between his theories of development and his chosen research technology.
Scott Curtis
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science in context     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0269-8897     ISO Abbreviation:  Sci Context     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904113     Medline TA:  Sci Context     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  417-42     Citation Subset:  QIS    
Northwestern University, USA.
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