Methodological challenges for understanding cognitive development in infants

Richard N. Aslin, József Fiser

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Studies of cognitive development in human infants have relied almost entirely on descriptive data at the behavioral level - the age at which a particular ability emerges. The underlying mechanisms of cognitive development remain largely unknown, despite attempts to correlate behavioral states with brain states. We argue that research on cognitive development must focus on theories of learning, and that these theories must reveal both the computational principles and the set of constraints that underlie developmental change. We discuss four specific issues in infant learning that gain renewed importance in light of this opinion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-98
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number3 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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