Origins and Early Development of Human Body Knowledge. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development

  • ID: 2249746
  • Book
  • 117 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This Monograph examines the development of infants

and toddlers knowledge about human bodies. The concept

of the human body is highly complex and operates on

several levels of knowing. We move our bodies and recognize

similar movements in the bodies of others, we have

expectations about how bodies are typically built, and we

have detailed knowledge about internal and external parts

of the body and their functions. In the work presented

here, the authors explore how these aspects of body

knowledge originate in the first few years of life, and report

a series of studies that documents the development of

infants and toddlers knowledge about the structure of the

human body. Results from the studies indicate that infants

knowledge about the structure of the human body is

initially highly schematic, becoming more detailed and

specific in the second year of life.
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Abstract.

Levels of Human Body Knowledge in Development.

Visual Habituation Studies: Infants Response to Typical and Scrambled Body Pictures.

Object Exploration Studies: Infants Discrimination of Typical and Scrambled Dolls.

Discussion.

References.

Acknowledgements..

Commentary.

Facing the Body: Toward a Developmental Theory of Body Knowledge (Ulrich Muller and Dana Liebermann).

Contributors.

Statement of Editorial Policy.

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Virginia Slaughter
Michelle Heron
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