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Understanding Cognitive Development: Approaches from Mind and Brain

The papers in this volume examine the state of the art in key areas of developmental cognitive neuroscience, focusing on theoretically driven research on cognition and its development. The past decade has seen an increasing number of empirical papers on the relationship between brain and cognitive development. But despite the clearly burgeoning interest in this […]

Spatial Representation: From Gene to Mind

In this book, the authors present evidence that this domain-specific specialization in cognitive function emerges early in development and is reflected in patterns of breakdown that occur under genetic defect. The authors focus on spatial representation in children and adults with Williams syndrome, a relatively rare genetic syndrome that gives rise to an unusual profile […]

How Crossword Puzzles Unlocked An Artist’s Memory

This NPR article discusses how Dr. Barbara Landau and her team are working to unravel some of the mysteries of memory with the aid of an artist who contracted viral encephalitis in 2007 which destroyed her hippocampus and parts of her left temporal lobe. This artist is still able to create art, it's just different now. It can be seen at an exhibit in the Walters Art Museum. [audio available]

Case Series in Cognitive Neuropsychology (Special Issue of Cognitive Neuropsychology)

Schwartz and Dell (2010) advocated for a major role for case series investigations in cognitive neuropsychology. They defined the key features of this approach and presented a number of arguments and examples illustrating the benefits of case series studies and their contribution to computational cognitive neuropsychology. In the Special Issue on “Case Series in Cognitive […]

Optimality-Theoretic Syntax: Language, Speech and Communication

Recent work in theoretical syntax has revealed the strong explanatory power of the notions of economy, competition, and optimization. Building grammars entirely upon these elements, Optimality Theory syntax provides a theory of universal grammar with a formally precise and strongly restricted theory of universal typology: cross-linguistic variation arises exclusively from the conflict among universal principles.Beginning with a general introduction […]

Visual reflections: A perceptual deficit and its implications

McCloskey presents his work with AH, a college student who has an extraordinary deficit in visual perception. When AH looks at an object, she sees it clearly and identifies it readily; yet she is often dramatically mistaken about where the object is or how it is oriented.

Artificial Grammar Reveals Inborn Language Sense

Fifty years ago, linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky proposed humans are able to learn language so quickly because some knowledge of grammar is hardwired into our brains. Now, in a groundbreaking study, cognitive scientists at The Johns Hopkins University have confirmed a striking prediction of the controversial hypothesis that human beings are born with knowledge of certain syntactical rules that make learning human languages easier.

The Harmonic Mind (Vol II)

Despite their apparently divergent accounts of higher cognition, cognitive theories based on neural computation and those employing symbolic computation can in fact strengthen one another. To substantiate this controversial claim, this landmark work develops in depth a cognitive architecture based in neural computation but supporting formally explicit higher-level symbolic descriptions, including new grammar formalisms.