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Developmental Cascades: Building the Infant Mind

Lisa M. Oakes and David H. Rakison


Children take their first steps, produce their first words, and become able to solve many new problems seemingly overnight. Yet, each change reflects many other previous developments that occurred in the whole child across a range of domains, and each change, in turn, will provide opportunities for future development. This book proposes that all change can be explained in terms of developmental cascades such that events that occur at one point in development set the stage, or cause a ripple effect, for the emergence or development of different abilities, functions, or behaviors at another poin ... More

Keywords: development, cascades, infancy, cognitive development, mechanism, constraints

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780195391893
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195391893.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa M. Oakes, author
Professor of Psychology and Faculty Researcher, Center for Mind and Brain, University of California, Davis

David H. Rakison, author
Lab Director, Infant Cognition Lab, Carnegie Mellon University