Developmental Disorders and Cognitive Architecture
Posted Jan 28 2009 3:53pm
The dissociations that result from developmental psychopathologies (Down syndrome, etc.) have been one of the main sources of evidence for breaking up the mind into pieces - that is, for identifying the components of the typical cognitive architecture. But is this practice justified? Do these dissociations really provide evidence about the components of our cognitive architecture?
Neuropsychologist Annette Karmiloff-Smith argues that developmental psychopathologies provide no evidence about the components of our cognitive architecture. In a new paper, I argue that they do.