Biological Beings in Social Context
Genetic and Environmental Vulnerabilities: The Importance of Cross-Syndrome Comparisons
Friday, May 25, 2012,
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
One might expect that children with different genetic mutations or those raised in low-SES environments would display different deficits. While this holds true for phenotypic outcomes, cross-syndrome comparisons in infancy reveal many common neural and socio-cognitive deficits. The challenge is to track trajectories over developmental time - rather than focusing on end-states, particularly where start-states are similar - but neuro-cognitive outcomes are different. This leads me to challenge the use of neuropsychological models of adult lesions in accounting for the dynamics of change in genetic and environmentally-induced disorders in children.
Read the APS Daily Observation on Annette Karmiloff-Smith.
Annette Karmiloff-Smith in The Faces and Minds of Psychological Science