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The dynamics of ontogeny: A neuroconstructivist perspective on genes, brains, cognition and behavior

Dekker, Tessa and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette (2011) The dynamics of ontogeny: A neuroconstructivist perspective on genes, brains, cognition and behavior. In: Braddick, O.J. and Atkinson, J. and Innocenti, G.M. (eds.) Gene Expression to Neurobiology and Behaviour Human Brain Development and Developmental Disorders. Progress in Brain Research. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier, pp. 23-33. ISBN 9780444538840.

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For years, the view that the human cognitive system is as a Swiss army knife with innately specified functional modules that come online one by one or can be impaired independently of other modules, has dominated cognitive science. In this chapter, we start out by questioning this view and argue it needs to be replaced by a dynamic neuroconstructivist approach in which genes, brain, behavior, and environment interact multidirectionally throughout development. Using examples from the recent literature, we then highlight how a static modular view of the brain remains deeply ingrained in (1) behavioral, (2) neuroimaging, and (3) genetics research on typical and atypical cognitive development. Finally, we discuss future contributions of the neuroconstructivist approach to developmental research in particular, and cognitive neuroscience in general.

Item Type: Book Section
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Neuroconstructivism, modularity theory, developmental brain imaging, atypical development
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
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Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2011 10:24
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20

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