sensorimotor theory

sen·so·ri·mo·tor the·o·ry

in the developmental theory of Piaget, the postulation that during the first 18 months of life there occurs a transformation of action into thought; at first there is a gradual shift from inborn to acquired behavior, then from body-centered to object-centered activity, ultimately permitting intentional behavior and inventive thinking.
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The sensorimotor theory (ORegan, 2011) has an answer to the "hard" problem.