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Vygotsky's Distinction Between Lower and Higher Mental Functions and Recent Studies on Infant Cognitive Development

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Author:Eugene Subbotsky; Psychology Department, University of Lancaster, UK
Description: One of the major theoretical advances of Vygotsky's approach to cognitive development was his thesis that human mental functions are social in origin. In making this claim, Vygotsky was confronted with the difficulty of reconciling it with the fact that newborn infants already possess certain mental functions. Vygotsky's answer to the problem was the introduction of an important distinction between lower mental functions (LMF's) and higher mental functions (HMF's)...

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Ed Topics: Psychological Research

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