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Cognitive BiologyEvolutionary and Developmental Perspectives on Mind, Brain, and Behavior$
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Luca Tommasi, Mary A. Peterson, and Lynn Nadel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012935

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012935.001.0001

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Ontogenetic Development Matters

Ontogenetic Development Matters

Chapter:
(p.321) 16 Ontogenetic Development Matters
Source:
Cognitive Biology
Author(s):

Sylvain Sirois

Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012935.003.0293

This chapter presents a critical overview on cognition and its ontogenesis. First, it examines the plausibility of the deterministic role of DNA in cognitive function. It then analyzes an example of progressive specialization and localization of function in typical development and how this differs from atypical development. The chapter also explains how the view of atypical development informs our understanding of various syndromes, especially the Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder caused by the deletion of twenty-eight genes on one copy of chromosome 7.

Keywords:   cognition, DNA, cognitive function, progressive specialization, localization, typical development, atypical development, Williams syndrome

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