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Perspectives on the dynamic development of cognitive capacities

Karmiloff-Smith, Annette (2012) Perspectives on the dynamic development of cognitive capacities. Current Opinion in Neurology 25 (2), pp. 106-111. ISSN 1350-7540.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/WCO.0b013e3283518130

Abstract

Purpose of review: This article identifies an increasing change from rather static approaches to neurodevelopmental disorders and the search for 'intact' and 'impaired' domain-specific modules, to more recent dynamic perspectives that take account of cross-domain interactions and changes over developmental time. Recent findings: Research on Williams syndrome is taken as a model, used to demonstrate the static versus dynamic perspectives, covering new work on social cognition, spatial cognition, and sleep-related consolidation of memory in neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as hypothesis-driven cross-syndrome comparisons. Many previously considered 'intact' domains have now been shown to harbour subtle deficits because of the cross-domain interactions typical of early periods of infant development. Sleep architecture has been found to be atypical in all syndromes hitherto assessed, with consequent impact on learning. This has opened avenues for sleep intervention which may impact on subsequent cognitive development. Summary: Cross-syndrome associations, and not merely cross-syndrome dissociations or comparisons with typical development, are shown to be particularly relevant for advancing theory and research. These comparisons reveal that clinical intervention strategies should aim at syndrome-specific remediation as early in the developmental trajectory as possible.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Erratum There was an error in reference 43 in the recent article by Karmiloff-Smith [1]. The year of publication should have read 2012, not 2011. The correct reference and annotation is given below. 43. Bódizs R, Gombos F, Kovács I. Sleep EEG fingerprints reveal accelerated thalamocortical oscillatory dynamics in Williams syndrome. Res Dev Disabil. 2012; 33:153–164 This study measured alterations in sleep EEG in Williams syndrome, indicating a decrease in alpha/low sigma power, as well as a redistribution of NREM sleep 8–16 Hz EEG power toward the higher frequencies and/or a higher frequency of NREM sleep thalamocortical oscillations in Williams syndrome. Current Opinion in Neurology. 25(4):519, August 2012.
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
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Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2012 14:33
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:22
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4615

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