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Initial capacities for speech processing: Infants' attention to prosodic cues for segmentation

(from the preface) This book addresses several possibilities in explaining the relation between infant perception, action, and cognitive development. These include a reconceptualization of perception as being at the origins of development, a tentative reconciliation of psychophysical and ecological approaches to infant perception, and building bridges between biological and psychological aspect of early development, especially in terms of species-typical brain structure and function. The 1st part is concerned with the basic exploratory processes of early visual perception, especially the control of eye movements. The chapters grouped in the 2nd part are specifically concerned with the infant's perception of faces. The 3rd section of the book groups chapters on perception and action with discussions of species-typical aspects of human communication, both in newborns and older babies. The final section of the book contains theoretical contributions on the relation between early perceptual abilities and later cognitive development. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)