A Developmental Perspective on Cognitive Science New edition
By (author) Annette Karmiloff-Smith
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Beyond Modularity by Annette Karmiloff-Smith
Book DescriptionTaking a stand midway between Piaget's constructivism and Fodor's nativism, Annette Karmiloff-Smith offers an exciting new theory of developmental change that embraces both approaches. She shows how each can enrich the other and how both are necessary to a fundamental theory of human cognition. Karmiloff-Smith shifts the focus from what cognitive science can offer the study of development to what a developmental perspective can offer cognitive science. In Beyond Modularity she treats cognitive development as a serious theoretical tool, presenting a coherent portrait of the flexibility and creativity of the human mind as it develops from infancy to middle childhood. Language, physics, mathematics, commonsense psychology, drawing, and writing are explored in terms of the relationship between the innate capacities of the human mind and subsequent representational change which allows for such flexibility and creativity. Karmiloff-Smith also takes up the issue of the extent to which development involves domain-specific versus domain-general processes. She concludes with discussions of nativism and domain specificity in relation to Piagetian theory and connectionism, and shows how a developmental perspective can pinpoint what is missing from connectionist models of the mind. Formerly a research collaborator of Piaget and Inhelder at Geneva University, Annette Karmiloff-Smith is Senior Research Scientist with Special Appointment at the MRC Cognitive Development Unit in London, and Professor of Psychology at University College, London.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262611145
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Nov-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Annette Karmiloff-Smith
Understanding Your Baby, Paperback (August 2015)
Previously published as: Getting to know your baby: a parent's guide to early child development (London: Carroll & Brown Publishers, 2010).
Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Hardback (September 2014)
The articles in this five-volume collection cover the myriad genetic and non-genetic developmental psychopathological conditions which are now known and being researched from a variety of perspectives, from dyslexia to autism and beyond.
Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the Lifespan, Hardback (December 2011)
This book is unique in presenting evidence on development across the lifespan across multiple levels of description (genetic, brain, cognitive, environmental). The authors use a well-defined disorder - Williams syndrome, to explore the impact of genes, brain development, behaviour, as well as the individual's environment on development.
Functional Approach to Child Language, Paperback (July 1981)» View all books by Annette Karmiloff-Smith
A critical exposition of Piaget's views on child language and thought.
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