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Cognition and Brain Development: Converging Evidence From Various Methodologies

by Bhoomika Rastogi Kar American Psychological Association
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Research in brain cognition and development has expanded rapidly over the last ten years. Our scientific understanding of the developmental stages of infancy, childhood, and adolescence has reached a new level of sophistication, thanks to extensive studies on cognitive processes such as attention, inhibition, executive control, working memory, language, spatial cognition, lexical access, and emotional processing.

In this book, an elite group of international contributors presents the latest advances in the science of cognitive development. The authors work at some of the world's most prestigious labs across North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia and their diverse linguistic backgrounds permit especially interesting work on language and cognition.

They explore such issues as:

--the role of dopamine in ADHD
-the development of self-consciousness and ethics
-the use of functional MRI in epilepsy patients
-the crucial role of culture in the development of language

New, converging methodologies derived from behavioral experimentation, electrophysiology, eye tracking, genetics, and neuroimaging studies characterize this research. Together, the chapters demonstrate a truly international and holistic approach to understanding human cognition and brain development.

Michael I. Posner

Bhoomika R. Kar

I. Development of Attention and Control

1.Development of Selection and Control
Bhoomika R. Kar and Narayanan Srinivasan2.The Nature and Nurture of Executive Attention Development
M. Rosario Rueda and Lina M. Cómbita3.Development of Attention Networks
Michael I. Posner and Mary Rothbart4.Task-Switching Skills in Children Between 9 and 16 Years Old
Gijsbert Stoet and Beatriz LopezII. Developmental Disorders: ADHD and Autism

5.Role of Dopamine in the Pathophysiology of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Chandan J. Vaidya and Evan M. Gordon6.The Dopamine Hypothesis of ADHD and Brain Response to Stimulant Medication
James M Swanson, Tim Wigal, Scott Kollins, Jeff Newcorn, Gene-Jack Wang, Joanna Fowler, and Nora Volkow7.Exploring Pre-requisite Learning Skills in Young Children and Their Implications for the Understanding of Autistic Behavior
Pratibha Karanth and Archana S.III. Origin of Self, Culture, and Social Cognition

8.Self-Consciousness and the Origins of an Ethical Stance
Philippe Rochat9.Learning to Share: The Emergence of Joint Attention in Human Infancy
Gedeon O. Deák, Jochen Triesch, Anna Krasno, Kaya de Barbaro, and Marybel Robledo10.Culture and Cognitive Development: The Development of Geocentric Language and Cognition
R. C. Mishra and Pierre R. Dasen11.Cultural Differences in Cognitive Styles
Pierre R. Dasen and R. C. MishraIV. Language and Reading Development

12.Children's Reading Development: Learning About Sounds, Symbols and Cross-Modal Mappings
Sonali Nag and Margaret J. Snowling13.Young Children's Use of Color Information During Language-Vision Mapping
Falk Huettig14.Functional MRI of Language in Patients With Epilepsy
James J. S. and C. Kesavadas

Bhoomika Rastogi Kar, PhD, is associate professor at the Centre of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS), University of Allahabad. She received her doctorate at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, with Shobini L. Rao as her supervisor in 2003.
She has specialized in developmental cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. She has a master's degree in psychology and master's degree in medical and social psychology. She has developed a neuropsychological battery for children (as a part of her doctoral thesis) and has studied the growth patterns of neuropsychological functions of Indian children.
Her research interests are cognitive development including normative development of attention and control processes and developmental disorders such as dyslexia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Her current projects focus on cognitive and affective control, conflict monitoring, bilingualism, and cognitive control using behavioral and electrophysiological methods such as EEG/ERP.
She has published several papers, book chapters, and coedited Advances in Cognitive Science, Volume 2. She has presented her work at International and National Conferences in India and abroad.
She has been collaborating with eminent scholars like Michael I. Posner, University of Oregon; Thomas Lachmann, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany; Shobini L. Rao, NIMHANS, India; C. Kesavadas, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, India; Senthil Kumaran, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India; and Narayanan Srinivasan, CBCS, University of Allahabad, India.
She is consultant editor for the International Journal of Mind, Brain and Cognition and is a reviewer for many journals, such as Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychological Studies.