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CHAPTER 3 The Sensorimotor Phase and Pre-operational Thinking W E HAVE seen that Piaget's main concern is with the development of intelligence, that is to say, with the growth of operational thinking. g. The Psychology of Intelligence and The Origin of Intelligence in the Child) Piaget has published studies of what Kant (following Aristotle) called the intellectual "categories", that is the forms under which our experience of the world is organized. Piaget has also produced a study of the growth of moral understanding as well as studies of imagery, perception, and so on.

The baby's perceptual world now shows a simple organization: the fact that he removes obstacles to reach desired objects shows that the baby understands that some things are spatially in front of others. The organization is revealed in another way, too, namely in the child's recognition that some events "stand for" others; for instance the baby will expect to find fruit juice in a spoon taken from a tin that habitually yields fruit juice, and will show disappointment if the expectation is not fulfilled.

By the age of 2 he will have learnt to recognize the limits of his own body and to recognize the more or less permanent existence of objects apart from himself. Furthermore, as a result of his kicking and arm-waving, in the course of which he must frequently have knocked things over, he will have developed a n elementary understanding of cause and effect, a n d a limited power to do things intentionally. From the start of life we see, more or less clearly, the working of accommodation and assimilation.

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