A dynamical systems interpretation of epigenetic landscapes for infant motor development

Karl M. Newell, Yeou-Teh Liu, Gottfried Mayer-Kress

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This paper presents a unified dynamical systems theory of motor learning and development and addresses the normative order and timing of activities in the infant motor development sequence. The emphasis is on the role of intention in modulating the epigenetic landscapes to the emerging forms of infant motor development and how the evolution of attractor landscape dynamics in infancy arises from the multiple time scales of constraints to action. The development of prone progression in infancy is exemplified as a case study and experimental hypotheses of the theory of attractor landscape dynamics and infant motor development are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-472
Number of pages24
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec 1



  • Dynamics
  • Epigenetic landscape
  • Infant motor development
  • Intention
  • Prone progression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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