1st Edition

Visual and Motor Cognition in Infants and Children What Develops and What Stays the Same

By Christiane Lange-Küttner Copyright 2024
    234 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This insightful book offers an authoritative yet accessible introduction to the development of visual abilities and motor skills in infants and children. Based on theory and cutting-edge up-to-date research about the development of non-verbal intelligence, it provides readers with essential knowledge about the foundations of typical and atypical development.

    Split into two parts, the book begins by describing the development of components of non-verbal intelligence in typical development. Several studies are presented that document the importance of a transition from an object-place to objects-region encoding for proper spatial categorisation. In the second part, the book discusses which of the visual, spatial, motor, imagery, categorisation, memory and planning processes may be affected in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental coordination disorder (DCD). Lange-Küttner introduces a Spatial Model that integrates object salience, speed and abstraction of spatial patterns of locations, re-occurring at different ages. She also develops a Spatial Freedom Theory that argues that spatial containment, constraints and exploration belong together.

    The book encourages and stimulates new research ideas by discussing the most important research results to date and identifying new research questions. This text will be of interest to students and instructors as well as researchers in the fields of developmental, clinical, educational and cognitive psychology as well as neuroscience and physical education.

    PART 1: Visual and Motor Cognition in Typically Developing Infants and Children

    1. Historical Theories on Movement and Visual abilities in Children

    2. Recent Theories on Movement and Visual abilities in Children

    3. The A-not-B Task

    4. Motor Development

    5. Drawing and Writing Development

    6. Visual Search in Children

    7. Visual Memory Development in Children

    PART 2: Visual and Motor Skills in Children with Developmental Problems

    8. Motor and Visual Abilities in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    9. Motor and Visual Abilities in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    10. Motor and Visual Abilities in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)


    Christiane Lange-Küttner is a senior scientist who investigates spatial concepts and special needs of children. She currently works as Head of the BMBF reasearch project 'INSIDE – Inclusion in and after lower secondary tier in Germany' at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories in Bamberg and as associate faculty at the University of Bremen, Germany. She is adjunct associate professor at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. Chris was a post-doc research fellow in the Cognitive Science Lab at the Department of Experimental Psychology of the Free University of Berlin. She then became faculty at the Psychology Departments of the University of Aberdeen and London Metropolitan University, UK, and worked as professor of Developmental Psychology at the Universities of Konstanz and Greifswald, Germany.

    'A comprehensive synthesis of classic theory and cutting-edge research, Visual and Motor Cognition in Infants and Children: What Develops and What Stays the Same is a one-stop shop for novice and expert researchers alike. Lange-Küttner’s clear and thorough descriptions are a boon to the field'.

    Professor Stuart Marcovitch, UNC Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

    'The book Visual and Motor Cognition in Infants and Children: What Develops and What Stays the Same ties together the development of visual, motor, and spatial cognition in the child: a very much needed endeavour, in the perspective of a unified science of cognitive development'.

    Professor Sergio Morra, Università di Genova, Italy