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Lisa Oakes, Cara Cashon, Marianella Casasola, and David Rakison

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366709.001.0001

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Infant Spatial Categorization from an Information Processing Approach

Infant Spatial Categorization from an Information Processing Approach

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(p.179) 9 Infant Spatial Categorization from an Information Processing Approach
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Infant Perception and Cognition
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Marianella Casasola

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366709.003.0009

This chapter outlines recent findings on infant spatial categorization, and examines these findings within the context of a constructivist information-processing approach. This approach offers a number of advantages. First, it provides a useful theoretical framework for understanding how infants learn to form abstract categorical representations of spatial relations. Second, its emphasis on process brings to light those factors that influence infants' ability to form abstract categorical representations of spatial relations and, consequently, can highlight how infants' categorization of spatial events is shaped by experience.

Keywords:   infant information processing, spatial categorization, abstract categorical representation, spatial relations, theoretical framework

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