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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent new book covering important current concepts on the neurobiological aspects of various developmental processes and disorders. Written and edited by an outstanding group of internationally recognized researchers in the field, this book is an important contribution to the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide practitioners with the changing conceptualization of developmental neuroscience with a "...more unified understanding involved in cognitive and emotional disorders with the use of imaging and genetic methods." The book's central thesis is to emphasize the importance of examining the developmental progressions and changes in typical and atypical behavioral and neural systems. The editors and authors have produced an extremely interesting and up-to-date account of the current research questions that are being pursued in this field.
Audience: The primary audience, although not specifically stated, includes researchers in neurodevelopmental disorders, clinicians in child psychiatry, developmental psychology, adult psychiatry (these individuals grow up), child neurology, and any mental health practitioners who want to become aware of the major research ideas in this fascinating field.
Features: The introduction is a summary of the book providing an overview perspective of the current research ideas in developmental neuropsychiatry. Chapter 1 is a very interesting review of the current ideas regarding early attachment. Chapter 2 focuses on the development of an essential cognitive process: face perception. Chapter 3 summarizes the literature on the neurobiology of reading disability and intervention for this common problem. Chapter 4 covers in depth the neurobiology of Tourette's syndrome and chapter 5 details the neurodevelopmental aspects of schizophrenia. Each chapter ends with useful and relevant citations of the literature.
Assessment: This is an excellent presentation of the recent research literature in this very interesting field. Anyone interested in the development of cognitive processes should read this book.