How can the study of typical development inform our understanding of atypical development? How can the study of atypical development inform our understanding of typical development? This book addresses these questions in the context of cognitive development—a discipline that focuses on the changes and continuity that characterize the intellectual processes that support mental life. The contributions range from a consideration of what autism teaches us about the development of attention, to how the study of multiracial and gender-nonconforming children enriches and challenges traditional approaches to understanding social perception. This book demonstrates how two fields of study that too often operate independently can benefit from each other theoretically, empirically, and practically. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Cognition and Development.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Building Bridges: Cognitive Development in Typical and Atypical Populations Vikram K. Jaswal, Nameera Akhtar, and Jacob A. Burack
1. How I Attend—Not How Well Do I Attend: Rethinking Developmental Frameworks of Attention and Cognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typical Development Jacob A. Burack, Natalie Russo, Hannah Kovshoff, Tania Palma Fernandes, Jason Ringo, Oriane Landry, and Grace Iarocci
2. Considering Development in Developmental Disorders Sarah J. Paterson, Julia Parish-Morris, Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
3. Why We Should Study the Broader Autism Phenotype in Typically Developing Populations Oriane Landry and Philippe A. Chouinard
4. Reading Development in Typically Developing Children and Children With Prenatal or Perinatal Brain Lesions: Differential School Year and Summer Growth Özlem Ece Demir-Lira and Susan C. Levine
5. Constraints on Multiple Object Tracking in Williams Syndrome: How Atypical Development Can Inform Theories of Visual Processing Katrina Ferrara, James E. Hoffman, Kirsten O’Hearn, and Barbara Landau
6. Beyond Discrete Categories: Studying Multiracial, Intersex, and Transgender Children Will Strengthen Basic Developmental Science Yarrow Dunham and Kristina R. Olson
7. Bridge Building and Other Possible Metaphors for Patching Over Discrepancies Between Typical and Atypical Development Michael Chandler
8. Bridging the Gaps in the Study of Typical and Atypical Cognitive Development: A Commentary Susan A. Graham and Sheri Madigan
Vikram Jaswal is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, USA.
Nameera Akhtar is Professor of Psychology at University of California-Santa Cruz, USA.
Jacob A. Burack is Professor of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University, Canada.