Understanding Developmental Disorders: A Causal Modelling Approach / Edition 1

Understanding Developmental Disorders: A Causal Modelling Approach / Edition 1

by John Morton
     
 

This long-awaited and ground-breaking book from cognitive scientist John Morton helps to clarify the nature of developmental disorders. It challenges the basis of standard behaviourally based diagnostic practice, showing how the role of biology and cognition is crucial to understanding the underlying nature of these disorders. It also sets out a clear method for

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This long-awaited and ground-breaking book from cognitive scientist John Morton helps to clarify the nature of developmental disorders. It challenges the basis of standard behaviourally based diagnostic practice, showing how the role of biology and cognition is crucial to understanding the underlying nature of these disorders. It also sets out a clear method for assessing and comparing the many alternative theories.

An understanding of developmental disorders depends on being able to address the issue of cause and on making the link between disorder and normal process. These were the driving forces behind the emergence of the causal modelling methodology at the Cognitive Development Unit in London by the author and his colleague Uta Frith. John Morton elucidates this method and uses it ruthlessly to compare different theories of particular developmental disorders and to pinpoint their weaknesses. The result is a book that will have a profound impact on research and thinking in the fields of psychology, neuroscience and medicine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631187578
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/24/2005
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introducing cause1
Ch. 2Introducing cognition20
Ch. 3Representing causal relationships : technical and formal considerations34
Ch. 4Autism : how causal modelling started67
Ch. 5The what and the how98
Ch. 6Competing causal accounts of autism106
Ch. 7The problem of diagnosis133
Ch. 8A causal analysis of dyslexia161
Ch. 9The hyperkinetic confusions208
Ch. 10Theories of conduct disorder227
Ch. 11Tying in biology247
Ch. 12To conclude270

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