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When modularization fails to occur: a developmental perspective

D'Souza, Dean and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette (2011) When modularization fails to occur: a developmental perspective. Cognitive Neuropsychology 28 (3-4), pp. 276-287. ISSN 0264-3294.

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We argue that models of adult cognition defined in terms of independently functioning modules cannot be applied to development, whether typical or atypical. The infant brain starts out highly interconnected, and it is only over developmental time that neural networks become increasingly specialized—that is, relatively modularized. In the case of atypical development, even when behavioural scores fall within the normal range, they are frequently underpinned by different cognitive and neural processes. In other words, in neurodevelopmental disorders the gradual process of relative modularization may fail to occur.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Modularity, Child development, Developmental disorders, Developing brain, Neonate start state, Adult neuropsychology
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
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Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2012 13:28
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2015 15:50

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