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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00414

Self-unity as Ground Zero of Learning and Development

  • 1psychology, Emory University, United States

Self-unity as Ground Zero of Learning and Development

Contrary to the suggestion that we are born in a state of confusion and primordial state of a-dualism with the environment, infancy research of the past 40 years show that from the outset, infants are objective perceivers guided by rich evolved survival values of approach and avoidance in relation to specific resources in the environment such as faces, food, or smell. This innate competence drives and organizes their behavior. Evidence based ascription of self-unity at birth are discussed. Selected findings are presented suggesting that self-unity is a primordial human experience, the main organizer of behavior from the outset. Self-unity is the necessary ground zero enabling the rapid learning and development taking place early in human life.

Keywords: self, Self-unity, development, Infancy, Early cognition, self-awareness

Received: 10 Aug 2018; Accepted: 11 Feb 2019.

Edited by:

Pablo Lanillos, Technische Universität München, Germany

Reviewed by:

Stephan Alexander Verschoor, Leiden University, Netherlands
Norbert Zmyj, Technical University Dortmund, Germany
Daniela Corbetta, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States  

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* Correspondence: Dr. Philippe Rochat, Emory University, psychology, Atlanta, 30322, georgia, United States,