Development weaves brains, bodies and environments into cognition

Adam Sheya, Linda Smith

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Understanding how and why human cognition has the properties it does is one of science’s fundamental questions. Current thinking in Cognitive Science has delineated two candidate approaches that differ in how they address the question of the relationship between sensory-motor and cognitive processes. In this paper, we add to this discussion by arguing that this question is properly phrased as a developmental question and that ultimately to understand the properties of human cognition we must ask how does human cognition come to have these properties. We conclude that because development weaves brains, bodies and environments into cognition, cognition is inexorably linked to processes of perceiving and acting and inseparable from them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1266-1273
Number of pages7
JournalLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience
Issue number10
Early online date20 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognition
  • development
  • dynamic systems

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