The Development of Human Tool Use Early in Life
This chapter examines the emergence of tool use in human children. It describes two different perspectives on tool use — the perception-action view and the conceptual view — and advocates for a view of tool use of development that is a hybrid of these two approaches. It argues that successful tool use is comprised of motor, perceptual, and representational components that emerge at various points in development, become synchronized over time, and culminate in a skill that is readily deployed across many different contexts.
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