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An action perspective on motor development
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2004 (English)In: Trends in cognitive sciences, ISSN 1364-6613, E-ISSN 1879-307X, Vol. 8, no 6, 266-272 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Motor development has all too often been considered as a set of milestones with little significance for the psychology of the child. Nothing could be more wrong. From an action perspective, motor development is at the heart of development and reflects all its different aspects, including perception, planning and motivation. Recent converging evidence demonstrates that, from birth onwards, children are agents who act on the world. Even in the newborn child, their movements are never just reflexes. On the contrary, they are purposeful goal-directed actions that foresee events in the world. Thus, motor development is not just a question of gaining control over muscles; equally important are questions such as why a particular movement is made, how the movements are planned, and how they anticipate what is going to happen next.

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2004. Vol. 8, no 6, 266-272 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-78624DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2004.04.002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-78624DiVA: diva2:106537
Available from: 2006-03-28 Created: 2006-03-28 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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