Understanding Developmental Disorders: A Causal Modelling Approach

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Psychology - 320 pages
A long-awaited book from developmental disorders expert John Morton, Understanding Developmental Disorders: A Causal Modelling Approach makes sense of the many competing theories about what can go wrong with early brain development, causing a child to develop outside the normal range.

  • Based on the idea that understanding developmental disorders requires us to talk about biological, cognitive, behavioral and environmental factors, and to talk about causal relationships among these elements.
  • Explains what causal modelling is and how to do it.
  • Compares different theories about particular developmental disorders using causal modelling.
  • Will have a profound impact on research in the fields of psychology, neuroscience and medicine.

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Contents

A Causal Modelling Approach Chapter 1 Introducing Cause
1
A Causal Modelling Approach Chapter 2 Introducing Cognition
20
A Causal Modelling Approach Chapter 3 Representing Causal Relationships Technical and Formal Considerations
34
A Causal Modelling Approach Chapter 4 Autism How Causal Modelling Started
67
A Causal Modelling Approach Chapter 5 The What and the How
98
A Causal Modelling Approach Chapter 6 Competing Causal Accounts of Autism
106
A Causal Modelling Approach Chapter 7 The Problem of Diagnosis
133
A Causal Modelling Approach Chapter 8 A Causal Analysis of Dyslexia
161
A Causal Modelling Approach Chapter 9 The Hyperkinetic Confusions
208
A Causal Modelling Approach Chapter 10 Theories of Conduct Disorder
227
A Causal Modelling Approach Chapter 11 Tying in Biology
247
A Causal Modelling Approach Chapter 12 To Conclude
270
A Causal Modelling Approach References
273
A Causal Modelling Approach Name Index
292
A Causal Modelling Approach Subject Index
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John Morton is the former Director of the Medical Research Council’s Cognitive Development Unit. He is now Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London.

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