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June 2022

From the big bang to the brain

Author(s): Lohmeier, H.

Journal/Book: J Commun Disord. 1999; 32: 655 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10010, USA. Elsevier Science Inc. 271-276.

Abstract: Current research on the capacities of the infant has lead to a better understanding of developmental processes underlying cognition and motor skill acquisition. ASHA's Eighth Annual Research Symposium on Infant-Toddler Development, in November 1998, included a presentation on developmental cognitive science by Dr. Andrew Meltzoff and a presentation on motor skill acquisition by Dr. Esther Thelen. The theoretical constructs and data presented served to broaden our current perspectives on infant abilities. The data reported by Meltzoff and Thelen challenged several long-standing theories of infant cognition and motor development. Alternative theoretical models were used to describe skill acquisition during the first several years of life. Our response will include a brief summary of each investigator's presentation, discuss their findings with respect to research in the area of infant speech physiology and production, and provide possible future directions and challenges for individuals conducting developmental research.

Note: Article Boliek CA, Univ Arizona, Dept Speech & Hearing Sci, POB 210071, Tucson,AZ 85721 USA

Keyword(s): language development; MOTOR DEVELOPMENT; VOCALIZATION; SPEECH; LIFE

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