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    Cognition: the developmental trajectory approach

    Thomas, Michael S.C. and Purser, Harry and van Herwegen, J. (2011) Cognition: the developmental trajectory approach. In: Farran, E.K. and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette (eds.) Neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan: A Neuroconstructivist approach. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 13-35. ISBN 9780199594818.

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    One emphasis of this volume is on the use of developmental trajectories in the study of developmental disabilities. This chapter focuses on theoretical, methodological, and analytical issues surrounding trajectories, but it is grounded in examples drawn from one aspect of research on Williams syndrome (WS), that of figurative language development. Figurative language is relevant to everyday communication skills, and it is of theoretical interest because it lies at the interface of language, cognition, and social skills. It therefore brings to the fore issues surrounding the uneven cognitive profile frequently observed in WS. In particular, how the development of figurative language fares in WS is considered, given the apparent strengths in language and social skills whereas the overall IQ indicates moderate levels of learning disability. The methods described are more general, however, and could be applied to a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Williams syndrome, figurative language development, cognitive profile, learning disability, neurodevelopmental disorders
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Educational Neuroscience, Centre for, Birkbeck Knowledge Lab, Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 16:05
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:20


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