Development as a dynamic system

  title={Development as a dynamic system},
  author={Linda B. Smith and Esther Thelen},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
Development is about creating something more from something less, for example, a walking and talking toddler from a helpless infant. One current theoretical framework views the developmental process as a change within a complex dynamic system. Development is seen as the emergent product of many decentralized and local interactions that occur in real time. We examine how studying the multicausality of real-time processes could be the key to understanding change over developmental time. We… Expand
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