Perspective 3: The Emergent Organism: A New Paradigm

William A. Mason

in Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755059
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979479 | DOI:
Perspective 3: The Emergent Organism: A New Paradigm

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Research on early experience has contributed to a revised and enriched view of basic developmental concepts relating to the individual as an active and creative participant in its own development; to experience, an essential, ubiquitous contributor to the phenotype, at all functional levels; and to the environment, the primary agent that sustains, facilitates, and constrains the plasticity and potential of the developing phenotype. These changes, based largely on animal research, have clear and important implications for understanding human development.

Keywords: early experience; emergence; new paradigm

Chapter.  2974 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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