Psychology of learning

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proximodistal principle

. Accordingly, the spinal cord develops before other parts of the body. The child’s arms develop before the hands, and the hands and feet develop before the fingers and toes. Fingers and toes are the last to develop.
(ii) Development proceeds from general to specific responses:
It moves from a generalized to localized behaviour. The newborn infant moves its whole body atone time instead of moving only one part of it. It makes random kicking with its legs before it can coordinate the leg muscles well enough to crawl or to walk.

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