Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Weak evidence for a strong case against modularity in developmental disorders


Ralph-Axel Müller a1
a1 Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120 amueller@sciences.sdsu.edu http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/~amueller/index.html

Abstract

Thomas & Karmiloff-Smith (T&K-S) provide evidence from computational modeling against modular assumptions of “Residual Normality” (RN) in developmental disorders. Even though I agree with their criticism, I find their choice of empirical evidence disappointing. Cognitive neuroscience cannot as yet provide a complete understanding of most developmental disorders, but what is known is more than enough to debunk the idea of RN.



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