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Understanding and Representing SpaceTheory and Evidence from Studies with Blind and Sighted
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Susanna Millar

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198521426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521426.001.0001

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Modality and cognition in developmental theories and the evidence

Modality and cognition in developmental theories and the evidence

(p.18) 2 Modality and cognition in developmental theories and the evidence
Understanding and Representing Space

Susanna Millar

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates the evidence provided in relation to empiricist explanations and Piaget's theory on the manner in which the sense of modalities operate in spatial performance. Theories from the past that dominates developmental thinking differ in how they envisioned the relation between the sense of modalities and its relation to cognitive processes. Thus, the chapter looks at the paradigms presented here first as they were intended as evidence for Piaget's theory of logical thinking. After the evidence that relates to Piaget's theory of logical knowledge is considered, the implications of finding for spatial coding by infants are discussed. Also, the chapter examines the phenomenalist view of the modalities as a unitary problem.

Keywords:   Piaget, logical thinking, modalities, spatial performance, cognitive processes, paradigms, spatial coding, phenomenalist view

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