Picture of the Month (October 2009)
Dedicated User Captions:
1. Experiments in subjective idealism: Will a chair come into being when i intend to sit on it?
2. a nearly perfect landing after that hazardous triple Axel double flip combination!
3. Ready, steady, go!
(by bolt, u.)
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- Was gibts denn da zu gucken? Ich weiß, es sieht etwas komisch aus!
- Ohmm, meine Zehenspitzen sind gaanz entspannt
Trying to sit down
|This film still is taken from "Field Forces as Impediments to a Performance" by Kurt Lewin. From 1935-44 he had a professorship in Child Psychology at the Child Welfare Research Station, University of Iowa.|
In the film Hannah (1 year, 7 months) tries to take a seat on an inverted tub. In order to sit down it is first necessary to turn around and thus to make a movement contrary to the direction of the goal. Instead of turning, the child moves in the visual direction toward the goal.
After several futile tries a first glimmer of understanding arises: sitting down is in some way connected with turning around. On her first attempt, Hannah succeeds to sit down on the tub. All further attempts fail - as you can see above.
More films by Lewin about the development of children:
The Child and the Field Forces
Level of Aspiration in Young Children
Walking Upstairs for the First Time
Lewin, Kurt. 1925, about. Field Forces as Impediments to a Performance. 09:04 min.
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