ERIC Number: ED363022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Within-Domain Dissociations in Williams Syndrome: A Window on the Normal Mind.
Karmiloff-Smith, Annette; And Others
This poster reports on a study attempting to distinguish between the influences of domain-specific and domain-general developmental mechanisms in subjects with Williams Syndrome (a genetic defect resulting in mental retardation). Subjects included 10 monolingual French-speaking subjects (ages 9-21) with Williams syndrome and 10 monolingual French-speaking normal controls (5 years of age). It is argued that initial findings of the sparing of language in subjects with Williams syndrome have been premature, since this study shows both within- and across-domain dissociations for Williams syndrome. The comparison of different abnormal phenotypes and the identification of within-domain dissociations is seen as suggesting that some domain-specific predispositions exist, but that subsequent development calls on an intricate interplay of both domain-specific and domain-general mechanisms. (Contains 27 references.) (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: France; Williams Syndrome
Note: Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, LA, March 27, 1993) and to the Annual Child Language Seminar (Plymouth, England, United Kingdom, April 1993).