The 's Theory On Object Permanence Essay

1459 Words Nov 30th, 2016 6 Pages
When an infant is being taken away his favourite toy he will start crying because he thinks it disappes for good as he can’t see it nor touch it anymore. Young infants are characterised by extreme egocentrism as they only see the world through the frame of their own senses, they are therefore not able to form mental representations (schema) of objects.
Object permanence can be defined as the ability to understand that even if an object is no longer perceptible, it continues to exist. We can ask ourselves why is this phenomenon important to investigate? It is the step between objects only existing through on going sensory stimulation and the realisation of their existence being constant and not only dependant of the infant’s input upon it. Therefore, it is one of the earliest manifestation of cognition: psychological processes involving mental representations and conceptualisation of the world, and thus that go beyond perception.
Jean Piaget’s theories on object permanence are some of the most influential ones, he shows that very early on infants exhibit signs of object permanence and he defines different stages in the acquisition of this ability. Though newer research as Baillargeon’s studies have shown that object permanence can be observed even younger, and cognition would be a partly innate process and does not only emerge from the infant’s interaction with the world as suggested by Piaget. It is therefore legitimate to analyse the different arguments around infant’s…

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