About the Group:
Our primary research interests relate to cognitive development in both typical development and neurodevelopmental disordered groups, with a specific emphasis on spatial cognition. The broad aim of the group is to characterise both typical and atypical development of cognitive functions within a neuroconstructivist framework (i.e. functions are explored within the context of the developing brain). This involves analytical investigation of spatial performance in both small-scale (e.g. spatial ability, perception, mental imagery, drawing and construction abilities) and large-scale space (navigation and route learning abilities). We are also interested in the intersection between spatial ability and other abilities, such as motor function. Our most recent research interest relates to the relationship beween spatial thinking and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in primary school age children.
We have published work on the performance of typically developing children, typical adults, individuals with Autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.
The group has received funding from the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Nuffield Foundation, Education Endowment Fund, Wellcome Trust, the Bloomsbury Colleges and the Williams Syndrome Foundation, UK, as well as international funding from L’ Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Autour des Williams and Fondation Jerome Lejeune, France.
Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the Lifespan
A Neuroconstructivist Approach (2012)
Edited by Emily K. Farran and Annette Karmiloff-Smith
. The first book to consider atypical development across multiple levels, encouraging readers to think dynamically and developmentally
. Provides the most comprehensive review of development across cognitive domains, making clinicians more sensitive to looking for underlying cognitive and neural differences
. Considers development from infancy to adulthood, encouraging the reader to think about the importance of development in understanding neurodevelopmental disorders
Last updated: December 2018