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Affordances For Prehension In Young Infants
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Eleanor Gibson remarked that at around 4 to 5 months infants demonstrate behaviors in which "Objects can be seized and brought before the eyes for close-up visual examination, and to the mouth for proficient haptic search" (Gibson, 1988, p. 20). But what exactly is the nature of this precocious activity relative to capacities for perception and action seen generally in children and adults? Furthermore, how sensitive are infants to the imposition of various task constraints? These questions form the focus for this poster and will be examined within the context of prehensile behavior relative to objects of different sizes and shapes.