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    Why adult neuropsychological models don't work for neurodevelopmental syndromes

    Karmiloff-Smith, Annette (2011) Why adult neuropsychological models don't work for neurodevelopmental syndromes. In: Kokinov, B. and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette and Nerssessian, N.J. (eds.) European Perspectives on Cognitive Science. Sophia, Bulgaria: Bulgarian University Publications. ISBN 9789545356605.

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    A cross-syndrome comparison between infants with Williams syndrome and those with Down syndrome seems to result in a neat cognitive double dissociation, like in adult neuropsychological patients. However, a more dynamic developmental analysis shows the data to be far more complex and the result of cascading cross-domain effects over ontogenetic time. The atypical brain of children with genetic disorders is not a normal brain with parts intact and parts impaired but a brain that develops differently throughout embryogenesis and ontogenesis. Thus, cognitive deficits may be due to multiple domain-relevant interacting factors early on that result in domain-specificity in the phenotypic outcome.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): adult neuropsychology, neurodevelopmental syndromes
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2015 08:52
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:18


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