Gibson and Pick argue that infants are active learners who perceptually engage their environments and extract information from them. This ecological approach to development - defined as a 'theory about perceiving by active creatures who look and listen and move around' - was spearheaded by the Gibson and Gibson in the 1950s. This book, written by one of the most eminent experimental psychologists of the 20th Century, is the summary and capstone of a long and fruitful experimental tradition.
"Reading this book is like meeting an old friend from graduate school, reminiscing about the 'good old days' and catching up on the latest news." --Mind, Culture And Activity
"This is a beautifully written book, and a most welcome addition to the field of perceptual development, indeed to the whole discipline of child development. For years I have taught a graduate course in perceptual development and never had a text that I felt I could assign in its entirety. Now I do, because this book brings a lucid introduction that is crystal clear in its explication of the complex ideas encompassed by this field, avoiding needless jargon that can plague the inexperienced reader . . . The scholarship is deep, accurate, and as thorough as needs be."--Rachel K. Clifton, University of Massachusetts, Amherst