A Constructivist View of Object Perception in Infancy
This chapter describes a body of research whose goal is to understand and explain the development of object perception in infancy. First, it presents a picture of object perception as a psychological construct, and how it might be decomposable into tasks amenable to empirical investigation in infancy. Second, it describes several theoretical accounts that inform questions of infants' object perception. Third, it summarizes recent research that has examined in detail the mechanisms of active assembly. Finally, the chapter considers the state of our knowledge of infants' object perception in light of recent advances in modeling, and discusses briefly the “bigger picture,” asking in particular what remains to be determined.
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