Karen Adolph, Professor, Depart of Psychology, NYU


Karen Adolph, Professor, Depart of Psychology, NYU

Sage 4101

January 14, 2009 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Locomotion - moving the body from place to place - is one of infants' greatest achievements.  In addition to conquering gravity, infants must cope with variable and novel constraints on balance and propulsion.  At the same time that they are learning to move, changes in infants' bodies, skills, and environments change the biomechanical constraints on movement.  Recent work highlights both flexibility and specificity in infants' responses to novel and variable situations, demonstrating that infants are learning to learn as they master locomotion.  Within sitting, crawling, crusing, and walking postures, experienced infants adapt their locomotor responses to the current biomechanical constraints on movement.  However, what infants have learned about coping with variability and novelty in earlier-developing postures does not transfer to later-developing postures.

Full Paper: Learning to Move
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