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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: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2012 13:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:57


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