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sequence in which the earliest growth always occurs at the top, with physical growth in size, weight, and feature differentiation gradually working from top to bottom
sequence in which growth starts at the center of the body and moves toward the extremeties
sudden infant death syndrome
condition that occurs when an infant stops breathing, usually during the night, and suddenly dies without an apparent cause
dynamic systems theory
the perspective on motor development that seeks to explain how motor behaviors are assembled for perceiving and acting
built-in reactions to stimuli that govern the newborns movements which are automatic and beyond the newborns control
newborns built-in reaction that occurs when the infants cheek is stroked and the infant turns his head townard the side that was touched in an apparent effort to find soemthing to suck
newborns built-in reaction to automatically suck an object placed in its mouth which enable the infant to get nourishment before he or she has associated a nipole with food
neonatal startle response that occurs in reaction to a sudden, intense noise or movement
neonatal reflex that occurs when something touches the infants plams, the infants responds by grasping it tightly
the product of the interaction between information and the sensory receptors- the eyes, ears, tongue, nostrils, and skin
the view that perception functions to bring organisms in contact with the environment and to increase adaptation
opportunities for interaction offered by objects that fit within our capabilities to perfrom functional activities
visual preferences method
a method used to determine whether infants can distiguish one stimulus from another by measuring the length of time they attend to different stimli
recognition that an object remains the same even though the retinal image of the object changes
the recognition that an objects shape remains the same even though its orientation to us changes
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