I am studying for a PhD under the supervision of Dr Emily Farran at IOE, and Prof. Michael Thomas and Prof. Annette Karmiloff-Smith at Birkbeck. Separate abilities in individuals with developmental disorders, for example Williams Syndrome, are well documented. However in everyday life we need to bring together several abilities and skills in order to constantly solve ubiquitous problems in our environment: how do I get from A to B? How do I tie my shoelaces? and so on.
The aim of my PhD is to investigate and compare across syndromes how problem solving abilities develop, in both typically and atypically developing individuals, that is, how problem solving is approached in children with each disorder and ultimately how individuals with different developmental disorders might be supported in their problem solving in everyday life.
Initial studies focus on a traditional problem solving task, the Tower of London (Shallice, 1982) alongside several background measures of, for example, inhibition and working memory, in order to reveal the relevant abilities for this type of problem solving across ages and between typical and atypical development, and different developmental disorders. Future studies include those with a focus on more real-world type problems across different ages and developmental disorders.
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Camp, J. S., Farran, E. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (in press) 'Numeracy'. In E. Farran and A. Karmiloff-Smith (eds.) Neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan: the neuroconstructivist approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Camp, J.S., Farran, E. K., Thomas, M. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. 'Development of problem solving in a Tower of London (ToL) task'. Poster presented as part of BPS Developmental Section Conference, Univ. of Northumbria, 6-9th September 2011.
Last updated 23rd November 2011