chapter  14
10 Pages

Work Group on Perceptual Development

ByRebecca Jones, Elizabeth Spelke, Thomas Alley

The study of perceptual development focuses on the foundations of perception and traces the changes that perception undergoes with growth and learning. Thus from a developmental perspective on event perception, one seeks to discover the origins in infancy of the ability to perceive events, ways in which this ability changes during childhood, and the aspects of this ability that persist throughout development. Although the study of event perception is a relatively new field, a significant amount of developmental research has already been undertaken. In our discussion, we considered some of this research, in order to find out what has been learned and to identify directions for further investigation (see Gibson & Spelke, 1983, for further discussion).