Also, you must formulate three questions you would ask Eleanor Gibson if you had the chance. Submit detailed and lengthy justifications for the questions that demonstrate an understanding of...

  1. Also, you must formulate three questions you would ask Eleanor Gibson if you had the chance. Submit detailed and lengthy justifications for the questions that demonstrate an understanding of contextual factors and the impact of the psychologist’s contributions not only on the discipline but also on our everyday understanding of human behavior.
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Here are three questions you might ask Eleanor Gibson that demonstrate an understanding of how her work affected our understanding of how people learn and behave:

  1. Why did you design the "visual cliff" experiment as you did? (This question is about the reasons that Gibson suspected that depth perception was innate in humans. Part of her reason came from watching baby goats, or kids, who seemed to have depth perception at birth.)
  2. Why did you believe that a new understanding or explanation of perceptual learning was needed when you started your research? (This question is about why Gibson began to question the behavioral explanations of perceptual learning, which posited that a subject had to interact with a stimulus to learn about it or to learn to discriminate this stimulus. In other words, she began to suspect that people begin to learn through differentiation rather than association.) 
  3. How did you begin to think about children's learning? (Gibson developed an understanding of children's learning as their ability to discriminate more and more finely between and among the different stimuli in their environments.)