Visual Cliff phenomenon

Robin Hill (bsrah@TWP.AC.NZ)
Tue, 30 Jun 1998 09:45:20 +1200

This is just an idle thought that ran across my mind and thought I'd
post to the mail-list.

It seems to me (but correct me if I'm wrong) that a main distinction
between PCP and Social Constructionism is that the latter denies the
possibility of pre-verbal construing. It seems to me, however, that
the phenomenon of the visual cliff with infants, amounts to an act of
construing. Those of us who have been round longer than infants and
who have developed a language might assume a label for that
construing, such as "down there vs. up here" or "Safe place to go vs.
unsafe place to go."

I wonder then, how would social constructionists account for the
visual cliff phenomenon?

Dr. Robin Hill

Principal Lecturer & Research Leader
Department of Business Studies
The Waikato Polytechnic
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