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Perceptual Development book
This chapter reviews some of the research strategies used by developmental psychologists. It examines how developmental psychologists have made great strides in spite of the complications involved in studying infants. Many of the physiological recording techniques used in studying adult perceptual experience have been applied to developmental research. fant perception is active and exploratory, rather than a passive process. Such active engagement with the environment is crucial for perceptual development. To understand the crucial role of speech in development, consider that the word infant comes from the Latin for “without speech.” The most common auditory problems associated with aging are conductive hearing loss and presbycusis, which is a sensorineural hearing loss that occurs in both ears. Most perceptual changes due to aging are quite gradual, so aging individuals are likely to detect a change only when comparing their current perceptual abilities with those in the more distant past.