The Psychobiology of Down Syndrome

Edited by Lynn Nadel

This book covers recent research with neurobiological and cognitive features of Down syndrome. There has been notable progress in understanding the psychobiological concomitants of Down syndrome. New data have pinpointed selective neurological defects, and recent research has revealed that it is possible to work with the supposedly intractable, irreversible deficits accompanying Down syndrome. Surprising improvements in cognitive functions, including language, can be shown by children and even adolescents.

The topics include: early concept learning in infants with Down syndrome (Jennifer Wishart); the emergence of language skills (Lars Smith), early lexical development (Caroline Mervis), and developmental asynchrony of language development in Down syndrome (Jon Miller); the use of computers with speech output to promote language use (Laura Meyers); differences between Down syndrome and normally developing children in the use of a number concept (Rochel Gelman); the neuropsychological status of older Down syndrome individuals (Krystyna Wisniewski); neuropathological (Thomas Kemper), psychobiological (Siegfried Peuschel), and neurophysiological (Eric Courchesne) aspects of Down syndrome; and the relation between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease (Michael Thase).

The Psychobiology of Down Syndrome is included in the series Issues in the Biology of Language and Cognition, edited by John C. Marshall, and is sponsored by the National Down Syndrome Society.

A Bradford Book

Table of Contents

  1. Series Foreword
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction

    Lynn Nadel

  4. 1. Early Learning in Infants and Young Children with Down Syndrome

    Jennifer G. Wishart

  5. 2. Qualitative Differences in the way Down Syndrome and Normal Children Solve a Novel Counting Problem

    Rochel Gelman and Melissa Cohen

  6. 3. Early Lexical Developments: Theory and Applications

    Carolyn B. Mervis

  7. 4. The Emergence of Language Skills in Young Children with Down Syndrome

    Lars Smith, Stephen von Tetzchner and Bjorg Michalsen

  8. 5. The Developmental Asynchrony of Language Development in Children with Down Syndrome

    Jon F. Miller

  9. 6. Visual and Auditory Processing in Children with Down Syndrome

    Siegfried M. Pueschel

  10. 7. Determinants of Rate of Language Growth in Children with Down Syndrome

    Anne Fowler

  11. 8. Using Computers to Teach Children with Down Syndrome Spoken and Written Language Skills

    Laura F. Meyers

  12. 9. Neuropathology of Down Syndrome

    Thomas L. Kemper

  13. 10. Physioanatomical Considerations in Down Syndrome

    Eric Courchesne

  14. 11. Neurological and Psychological Status of Individuals with Down Syndrome

    K. E. Wisniewski, C. M. Kiezejeski and A. L. Hill

  15. 12. The Relationship Between Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease

    Michael E. Thase

  16. Afterword

    Lynn Nadel

  17. Bibliography
  18. Listing of Citations by Subject Area
  19. Authors Index
  20. Index