1st Edition

Taking Development Seriously A Festschrift for Annette Karmiloff-Smith Neuroconstructivism and the Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Understanding the Emergence of Mind

    332 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    332 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This influential festschrift honours the legacy of Annette Karmiloff-Smith, a seminal thinker in the field of child development and a pioneer in developmental cognitive neuroscience. The current volume brings together many of the researchers, collaborators and students who worked with Professor Karmiloff-Smith to show how her ideas have influenced and continue to influence their own research.

    Over four parts, each covering a different phase or domain of Karmiloff-Smith’s research career, leading developmental psychologists in cognition, neuroscience and computer science reflect on her extensive contribution, from her early work with Piaget in Geneva to her innovative research project investigating children with Down syndrome to understand the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease. The chapters provide a mix of cutting-edge science and reminiscence, providing a fascinating insight into the historical contexts in which many of Annette’s theoretical insights arose, including such ideas as the microgenetic approach, representational redescription and neuroconstructivism. The chapters also provide updates about how earlier theoretical ideas have stood the test of time, and present unpublished data from the early years of Annette’s career.

    Taking Development Seriously is essential reading for students and scholars in child development and developmental neuroscience.

    1 Annette Karmiloff-Smith: Scientist, mother and friend

    Michael S. C. Thomas, Denis Mareschal and Victoria C. P. Knowland

    2 The Cognitive Underpinnings of Relative Clause Comprehension in Children

    Susan Goldin-Meadow and Annette Karmiloff-Smith

    3 On the construction of the developmental problem in Karmiloff-Smith's theory

    Jean-Paul Bronckart

    4 Intelligence: Taking the dynamics of development seriously

    Frank D. Baughman and Mike Anderson

    5 Being a mentor

    Kang Lee

    6. Biological Evolution's Use of Representational Redescription

    Aaron Sloman

    7. Revisiting Rethinking Innateness: 20 years on

    Mark H. Johnson

    8. Representational Redescription: The Case of the Early Mental Lexicon

    Kim Plunkett

    9. Representational redescription: An appreciation of one of Annette Karmiloff-Smith’s key contributions to developmental science

    Jay McClelland

    10. Prospective and longitudinal studies of the earliest origins of language learning impairments: Annette Karmiloff-Smith’s ongoing legacy

    April A. Benasich and Katherine Wolfert

    11. Rethinking the Attention Homunculus through Atypical Development

    Gaia Scerif

    12. What has changed in 18 years? Reflections on Ansari & Karmiloff-Smith (2002)

    Daniel Ansari

    13. Quo Vadis Modularity in the 2020s?

    Michael S. C. Thomas and Daniel Brady

    14. An analytical approach to visuospatial cognition: What can neurodevelopmental disorders tell us about developmental pathways?

    Emily K. Farran

    15. Age matters

    Yonata Levy

    16. Aligning cognitive studies in mouse models and human infants/toddlers: The case of Down syndrome

    Hana D’Souza, Daniel Brady, Frances K. Wiseman, Mark A. Good, Michael S. C. Thomas and The LonDownS Consortium 

    17. Sleep to remember: Typical and atypical sleep and constraints on representational development

    Katharine Hughes and Jamie Edgin

    18. The debate on screen time: An empirical case study in infant-directed video.

    Tim J. Smith, Parag K. Mital & Tessa M. Dekker

    19. Intellectual Development from a Neuroconstructivist Perspective: Never missing the whole picture

    Luca Rinaldi

    20. Translation of Scientific Insights into Better Nappies and Consumer Education for Healthy Infant Development and Better Sleep

    Frank Wiesemann


    Michael S. C. Thomas is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.

    Denis Mareschal is Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.

    Victoria C. P. Knowland is Lecturer in Speech and Language Science at University of Newcastle, UK.