The origins of knowledge about the self is arguably the most fundamental problem of psychology. It is a classic theme that has preoccupied great psychologists, beginning with William James and Freud. On reading current literature, today's developmental psychologists and ethologists are clearly expressing a renewed interest in the topic. Furthermore, recent progress in the study of infant and animal behavior, provides important and genuinely new insights regarding the origins of self-knowledge.
This book is a collection of current theoretical views and research on the self in early infancy, prior to self-identification and the well-documented emergence of mirror self-recognition. The focus is on the early sense of self of the young infant. Its aim is to provide an account of recent research substantiating the precursors of self-recognition and self-identification. By concentrating on early infancy, the book provides an updated look at the origins of self-knowledge.
Are we automata? / Eleanor J. Gibson -- Criteria for an ecological self / Ulric Neisser -- The self as an object of consciousness in infancy / George Butterworth -- Early objectification of the self / Philippe Rochat -- A theory of the role of imitation in the emergence of self / Andrew N. Meltzoff and M. Keith Moore -- Aspects of self : from systems to ideas / Michael Lewis -- Relational narratives of the prelinguistic self / Alan Fogel -- From direct to reflexive (self-)knowledge : a recursive model (self produced) actions considered as transformations / Pierre Mounoud -- The unduplicated self / Daniel J. Povinelli -- The self as reference point : can animals do without it? / Emanuela Cenami Spada ... [et al.] -- Self-knowledge of body position : integration of perceptual and action system information / Mark A. Schmuckler -- Using a computerized testing system to investigate the preconceptual self in nonhuman primates and humans / Matthew J. Jorgensen, Stephen J. Suomi and William D. Hopkins -- Move yourself, baby! Perceptuo-motor development from a continuous perspective / Audrey L.H. Van der Meer and F. Ruud Van der Weel -- Interactions between the vestibular and visual systems in the neonate / Fran??ois Jouen and Olivier Gapenne -- Two modes of perceiving the self / Bennett J. Bertenthal and James L. Rose -- The effect of blindness on the early development of the self / Ann E. Bigelow -- Intermodal origins of self-perception / Lorraine E. Bahrick -- Self-orientation in early infancy : the general role of contingency and the specific case of reaching to the mouth / John S. Watson -- The function and determinants of early self-exploration / Philippe Rochat and Rachel Morgan -- Self/other differentiation in the domain of intimate socio-affective interaction : some considerations / Daniel N. Stern -- Becoming a self / Edward S. Reed -- Understanding the self as social agent / Michael Tomasello.
Published: 30th October 1995