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By Ruth M. Beard

First released in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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Reflex exercises and primary circular reactions Piaget observed that the tendency to repeat reflex actions and to assimilate new objects into them appeared within less tlHfri hour of birth in two of his children. Lucienne and Laurent had already sucked their hands within fifteen and thirty minutes of birth. When not engaged in sucking to obtain food all three children sucked anything which came in contact with their lips and learned very quickly to relinquish unsatisfactory objects, such as the blanket.

As a result accommodation acquires an interest in itself and, although the infant may experiment blindly at first, his activities are soon guided by previous learning for he assimilates new discoveries as they occur. The first manifestation of inventive intelligence observed in Piagefs three children was to draw distant objects closer by means of something beneath them, for example a cushion to obtain a box lying on it. If this response occurred by chance in the fourth stage it did not result in learning.

Mental representation extends time to more than the immediate past. Obs. 173. At 1;7(25) Jacqueline is reminded by a blade of grass of the grasshoppers she saw a few days before and speaks of them. She can point correctly in the direction of a journey her grandfather had taken two days before and recalls a conversation after a lapse of two days. (Obs. ) However, the sequence of events remembered are isolated; there is nothing here which will enable the child to reconstruct his own history or to consider his acts as succeeding one another.

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