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Exploration in the service of prospective control Karen E. Adolpha
 

Summary: Exploration in the service of prospective control
Karen E. Adolpha
, Marion A. Epplerb,
*, Ludo Marina
, Idell B. Weisea
,
Melissa Wechsler Clearfieldc
a
New York University, USA
b
Department of Psychology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA
c
Indiana University, USA
Received 20 July 2000; received in revised form 5 October 2000; accepted 24 January 2001
Abstract
We propose a sequential process of exploration that can account for perception-action coupling in
infant locomotion. Each phase in the sequence is a process of obtaining progressively more informa-
tion leading to a motor decision--exploration from a distance, exploration via direct contact, and
exploration of alternative means. Quick glances and prolonged looking from afar serve to alert the
perceiver to important changes in the terrain. Intentional touching and testing alternative ways to

  

Source: Adolph, Karen - Center for Neural Science & Department of Psychology, New York University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine