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Human Behavior, Learning, and the Developing Brain: Atypical Development
Edited by Donna Coch, Geraldine Dawson, and Kurt W. Fisher (2007)

Human Behavior, Learning, and the Developing Brain: Atypical Development

"In this valuable collection, leading scientists present the latest findings about the biological bases of developmental disorders, including dyslexia, autism, and attentional deficits. The book also includes early markers for these disorders, as well as appropriate educational interventions."

- Howard Gardner, PhD


Synthesizing the breadth of current knowledge on brain-behavior relationships in atypically developing children, this important volume integrates theories and data from multiple disciplines. Leading authorities present their latest research on specific clinical problems; in addition, the effects of social stress and maltreatment on brain development and behavior are thoroughly reviewed. Demonstrating the uses of cutting-edge methods from developmental neuroscience, developmental psychology, and cognitive science, the contributors emphasize the implications of their findings for real-world educational and clinical practices.



Human Behavior, Learning, and the Developing Brain: Typical Development
Edited by Donna Coch, Geraldine Dawson, and Kurt W. Fisher (2007)

Human Behavior, Learning, and the Developing Brain: Typical Development

"Provides expert guidance on what is known – and what remains to be learned – about both the mechanisms common to all humans and the differences that form the basis of individuality."

- Michael I. Posner, PhD


This state-of-the-science volume brings together leading authorities from multiple disciplines to examine the relationship between brain development and behavior in typically developing children. Presented are innovative cross-sectional and longitudinal studies that shed light on brain-behavior connections in infancy and toddlerhood through adolescence. Chapters explore the complex interplay of neurobiological and environmental influences in the development of memory, language, reading, inhibitory control, and other core aspects of cognitive, emotional, and social functioning.



A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive

Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson, and James McPartland (2002)

A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning AutismSummary

Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism are detected earlier and more accurately today than ever before. Children and teens with these disorders often stand out for their precocious intelligence and language abilities—yet profound social difficulties can limit every aspect of their lives. This hopeful, compassionate guide shows parents how to work with their children's unique impairments and capabilities to help them learn to engage more fully with the world and live as self-sufficiently as possible. From leading experts in the field, the book is packed with practical ideas for helping children relate more comfortably to peers, learn the rules of appropriate behavior, and participate more fully in school and family life. It also explains what scientists currently know about autistic spectrum disorders and how they are diagnosed and treated. Real-life success stories, problem-solving ideas, and matter-of-fact advice on everything from educational placements to career planning make this an indispensable reference that families will turn to again and again.



I. Understanding Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
What Are Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism?
2. The Diagnostic Process
3. Causes of Autism Spectrum Disorders
4. Treatments for Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism

II. Living with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
5. Channeling Your Child's Strengths: A Guiding Principle
6. Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism at Home
7. Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism at School
8. The Social World of Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
9. Looking Ahead: Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism in Late Adolescence and Adulthood


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Autism: Nature, Diagnosis and Treatment
Geraldine Dawson, Editor (1999)
New York: Guilford Press

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Human Behavior and the Developing Brain
How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive

Edited by Geraldine Dawson and Kurt W. Fischer (1994)

Human Behavior and the Developing Brain

"We have long lacked an integrated account of the neural mechanisms underlying behavioral development, even though there has been rapid, but separate progress in both developmental psychology and neuroscience. Now Dawson and Fischer have provided a much needed synthesis in their HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE DEVELOPING BRAIN; the emerging interdiscipline of developmental neuropsychology finally has a text! This book is a wonderful addition to the Decade of the Brain, one which takes development, brain, and behavior each as seriously as they need to be taken, and forges genuinely new links among them. Developmental psychologists, child clinicians, and develop mental neuroscientists will all find much of value in this volume."

- Bruce Pennington, University of Denver

"A lovely volume that fills a void... This book will provide the reader with an excellent overview of research on electrophysiology of brain development and behavior. It also includes some very good reviews of basic brain development and will serve as a very good supplemental text in a graduate course. This volume will be extremely valuable to a very broad audience, especially for researchers who want an overview of the area, as well as for professionals working within the field."

- Megan Gunnar, Institute of Child Development

Over the past few decades, innovative, non-invasive techniques for studying the activity of the brain have provided new insights into brain-behavior relations. Now, develop mental scientists are using these techniques with young infants and children to shed light on the neural underpinnings of the developmental process. This highly enlightened text brings together a group of world-renowned scientists who believe, and demonstrate, that understanding brain-behavior relations from a developmental standpoint will yield fresh and unique insights into human nature.

This volume is distinguished by its breadth of topics, which include the development of memory, cognition, and emotions, and individual differences in these domains. This is one of a limited number of texts that provide a voice for a growing new generation of developmentalists interested in the brain.

The editors divide the book into four sections. Section one provides a historical review and broad theoretical framework for considering brain-behavior relations from a develop mental perspective. The role of electrophysiology (EEG) in developmental research is also examined. Chapters in section two focus on developmental changes in the brain, as indexed by changes in synaptic connections, glucose metabolism, and EEC power and coherence. Using changes in neural activity as indicators of important developmental transitions, a biological perspective on human psychological development is offered.

Section three addresses concepts of developing brain behavior relations. Neural correlates of developmental processes pertaining to memory, emotional expression and emotion regulation, spatial representation, and language are discussed. Finally, section four examines brain activity as a predictor of individual differences in behavior. Authors explore the use of electrophysiological measures in early infancy to explain individual differences in temperament, affective style, language, and attentional abilities.

While accessible to those with little background in the neurosciences, this book adequately portrays the complexity and depth of brain-behavior relations in development. An important resource for investigators in the fields of developmental psychology, neuropsychology, behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology, and education, it also serves as a textbook for graduate students, especially advanced students of human psychological development.


1.   Dynamic Development of Coordination of Components in Brain and Behavior: A Framework for Theory and Research, Fischer & Rose.
2.   Developmental Psychology and Brain Development: A Historical Perspective, Segalowitz.
3.   The Role of Quantified Electroencephalography in Psychological Research, Duffy.

4.   Synaptogenesis in Human Cerebral Cortex, Huttenlocher.
5.   Development of Regional Brain Glucose Metabolism in Relation to Behavior and Plasticity, Chungani.
6.   Development of the Corticolimbic System, Benes.
7.   Development of Evoked Electrical Brain Activity In Infancy, Thomas & Crow.
8.   Cyclic Cortical Reorganization: Origins of Human Cognitive Development, Thatcher.

9.     Neural Correlates of Recognition Memory in the First Postnatal Year, Nelson.
10.   Brain Development over the First Year of Life: Relations between Electroencephalographic Frequency and Coherence and Cognitive and Affective Behaviors, Be// & Fox.
11.   Development of Emotional Expression and Emotion Regulation in Infancy: Contributions of the Frontal Lobe, Dawson.
12.   Toward Understanding Commonalities in the Development of Object Search, Detour Navigation, Categorization, and Speech Perception, Diamond, Werker, & Lalonde.
13.   Variability in Cerebral Organization during Primary Language Acquisition, Mills, Coffey, & Neville.
14.   Cognitive Psychophysiology: A Window to Cognitive Development and Brain Maturation, van der Molen & Molenaar.

15. Short-Term and Long-Term Developmental Outcomes: The Use of Behavioral and Electrophysiological Measures in Early Infancy as Predictors, Molfese & Molfese.
16. Temperament, Affective Style, and Frontal Lobe Asymmetry, Davidson.
17. Neonatal Electroencephalographic Organization and Attention in Early Adolescence, Parmelee, Sigman, Garbanati, Cohen, Beckwith, & Asarnow.
18. Dawson, G. and Fischer, K. (1994). Human Behavior and the Developing Brain. New York: Guilford.