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This proposal deals with a classic theme in behavioral science: the role of motor activity in psychological development. Self-controlled activity is deemed important for psychological development by nearly every theoretical tradition in developmental psychology. Some of the best evidence to support this idea comes from research on the psychological revolution that occurs after infants start to crawl. The onset of self-produced locomotion heralds a pervasive set of changes in perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and social skills that have crucial biological adaptive significance. The purpose of the current thematic session is to highlight some of the recent attempts to extend this important line of inquiry. Four presentations reveal the remarkable diversity and innovation of approaches currently being used to study the role of locomotor experience in psychological development and the rich implications this work has for developmental theory and clinical practice. This symposium is supported by the Japanese Association of Behavioral Science.
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