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Hardcover | $62.50 Short | £43.95 | ISBN: 9780262111690 | 252 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 34 | November 1992
Paperback | $29.00 Short | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780262611145 | 252 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 34 | September 1995

Beyond Modularity

A Developmental Perspective on Cognitive Science


Taking a stand midway between Piaget's constructivism and Fodor's nativism, Annette Karmiloff-Smith offers an exciting new theory of developmental change that embraces both approaches, showing how both are necessary to a fundamental theory of human cognition. Karmiloff-Smith shifts the focus from what cognitive science can offer the study of development to what a developmental perspective can offer cognitive science, presenting a coherent portrait of the flexibility and creativity of the human mind as it develops from infancy to middle childhood.

1995 British Psychological Society Book Award

A Bradford Book. Learning, Development, and Conceptual Change series


". . . deserves wide readership by both developmentalists and nondevelopmentalists who need an overview of the state of the art. Clearly and comprehensively, Karmiloff-Smith shows the highly structured ways in which different representational processes emerge from infancy onwards."
Andrew WhitenNature


“This book has an important central thesis and Karmiloff-Smith argues impressively well in support of it. She focuses on one of the truly distinctive features of human cognitive development and makes a powerful case for her claim that cognitive science needs a developmental dimension.”
Margaret Donaldson, Emeritus Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Edinburgh

“In this engagingly synoptic volume, the author calls on a long and distinguished career to model the development of the child’s representational system, and to show that the changes it undergoes are not triggered by failure but by endogenous factors. A coherent picture of the development of the human representational system emerges from an insightful set of experiments.”
David Premack, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania