The articles in this special issue form three overlapping themes: papers concerned with language development, other aspects of cognition, and interpersonal relations and personality. The papers provide strong evidence of the importance of the study of individuals with neurodevelopmental genetic disorders for enhancing the understanding of the complex manner in which initial genetic differences impact on both behavior (performance) and processing strategies from infancy through adulthood. Much work remains to be done, not only from a psychological or a biological perspective but, most importantly, from an integrated psychological-biological perspective. The hope is that these articles will motivate future studies informed by the genetic-developmental approach both on Williams syndrome and on other neurodevelopmental genetic disorders.
Volume 23, Numbers 1 and 2, 2003
Contents: C.B. Mervis, Williams Syndrome: 15 Years of Psychological Research. B.F. Robinson, C.B. Mervis, B.W. Robinson, The Roles of Verbal Short-Term Memory and Working Memory in the Acquisition of Grammar by Children With Williams Syndrome. V. Volterra, M.C. Caselli, O. Capirci, F. Tonucci, S. Vicari, Early Linguistic Abilities of Italian Children With Williams Syndrome. Y. Levy, S. Hermon, Morphological Abilities of Hebrew-Speaking Adolescents With Williams Syndrome. K. Sullivan, E. Winner, H. Tager-Flusberg, Can Adolescents With Williams Syndrome Tell the Difference Between Lies and Jokes? B. Landau, A. Zukowski, Objects, Motions, and Paths: Spatial Language of Children With Williams Syndrome. J. Atkinson, O. Braddick, S. Anker, W. Curran, R. Andrew, J. Wattam-Bell, F. Braddick, Neurobiological Models of Visuo-Spatial Cognition in Children With Williams Syndrome: Measures of Dorsal-Stream and Frontal Function. E.K. Farran, C. Jarrold, Visuo-Spatial Cognition in Williams Syndrome: Reviewing and Accounting for the Strengths and Weaknesses in Performance. A.J. Don, E.G. Schellenberg, A.S. Ruber, K.M. DiGirolamo, P.P. Wang, Implicit Learning in Children and Adults With Williams Syndrome. A. Karmiloff-Smith, J.H. Brown, S. Grice, S. Paterson, Dethroning the Myth: Cognitive Dissociations and Innate Modularity in Williams Syndrome. C.B. Mervis, C.A. Morris, B.P. Klein-Tasman, J. Bertrand, S. Kwitny, L.G. Appelbaum, C.E. Rice, Attentional Characteristics of Infants and Toddlers With Williams Syndrome During Triadic Interactions. B.P. Klein-Tasman, C.B. Mervis, Distinctive Personality Characteristics of 8-, 9-, and 10-Year-Olds With Williams Syndrome. E. Dykens, Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias in Persons With Williams Syndrome.