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Vol.3 2012.10.24 HIRAKI, Kazuo
Developmental Transitions of the Brain and the Mind – Transitions of Self-Recognition
In resent years, research on the links between the developmental transformation of the mind and the brain – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience – has been rapidly growing. Among numerous researches that exist, our research focuses on the cognitive transitions of the self (and the other). As an empirical scientific indicator of self recognition, mirror images of the self are commonly employed. Mirror-images of the self have several characteristics. One of them is the recognition of “simultaneity” in which movements of the self are reflected in the image in the mirror simultaneously. When the self is motionless, the image in the mirror does not move. It is certain that such a characteristic of the mirror image forms the basis of the self's recognition of its image in the mirror. In the lecture, we will attend to the simultaneity and discuss the issue of the “developmental transitions of the self” by looking at our research conducted on individuals from infants to adults.
- HIRAKI, Kazuo
- Professor at the Department of General Systems Studies in Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo. Member of the Science Council of Japan. Executive Director of the Japanese Society of Baby Science. Executive Director of the Japanese Society of Child Science. He finished the Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Keio University. Ph.D. in Engineering. He has gained international and domestic recognition for his empirical research on Baby Science and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. He has also been providing information for the benefit of childcare through open lectures, talks, as well as assisting the production of educational TV programs. His major publications include: Mysteries and Wonders of Baby and Sunday Piaget: An Invitation to Baby Science (both are published from Iwanami Shoten).
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