Science depends on noticing that things which seem identical are different, and conversely. In psychology, one cannot assume that apparently identical behaviours are due to identical mechanisms. The work reported in this book involves the problem of classifying the true nature of behaviour as it appears during child development. Originally published in 1982, the papers in this volume attempt to interpret, explain, or explain away developmental regressions in a variety of different areas. In spring 1975, a group of scholars interested in such problems met for several days to discuss their individual findings and the underlying theoretical issues. This volume reflects both the discussions at the original conference and succeeding years of thinking, reading and writing.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Thomas G. Bever Part 1: Infancy 2. Basic Patterns of Psychogenetic Change in Infancy Colwyn Trevarthen 3. The Year-Old Infant: A Period of Major Cognitive Change Philip R. Zelazo 4. Trends in the Development of Imitation in Early Infancy Olga Maratos 5. Regressions and Transformations during Neurological Development Heinz F. R. Prechtl Part 2: Early Childhood 6. Revolutionary Periods in Early Development Pierre Mounoud 7. Unlearning: Dips and Drops – A Theory of Cognitive Development Jacques Mehler 8. Regression in the Service of Development Thomas G. Bever Part 3: Middle Childhood 9. Ancestral and Descendant Behaviors: The Case of U-Shaped Behavioral Growth Sidney Strauss 10. Cross-Cultural Data on Operational Development: Asymptotic Development Curves Pierre R. Dasen 11. Dialectics of Development Jonas Langer Part 4: Neurological Models 12. Correlates of Developmental Behavior in Brain Maturation Andre Roch Lecours 13. A Two-Step Model for Visuomotor Development M. Jeannerod. Author Index. Subject Index.