Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, psychology, language acquisition, Latin America

Elected 1993

1938
2016
1993
CBE, FBA, FMedSci

Annette Karmiloff-Smith, CBE, FBA, FMedSci used to be a simultaneous interpreter at the United Nations, but got bored with repeating other people's thoughts! So, she studied with the famous psychologist-epistemologist, Piaget, at Geneva University. Before finishing her doctorate, she spent two years working in the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut. She is the author of 10 books and of over 200 chapters/articles in scientific journals, as well as a series of booklets for parents on foetal, infant and child development. Now a Professorial Research Fellow at Birkbeck's Centre for Brain & Cognitive Development, her research on neurodevelopmental syndromes focuses on identifying basic-level deficits in early infancy and their cascading effects over developmental time on the resulting neuro-cognitive phenotype. Most recent Wellcome-Trust-funded research is on Down syndrome as a model for Alzheimer's Disease, examining early risk and protective factors (more info: downsyndrome@bbk.ac.uk). Karmiloff-Smith, A. (1992) Beyond Modularity: A Developmental Perspective on Cognitive Science. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press/Bradford Books. Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2000) Why babies' minds aren't Swiss Army Knives. In Hilary Rose and Steven Rose (Eds.) Alas Poor Darwin: Arguments against Evolutionary Psychology, Cape Publications, 144-156 Karmiloff-Smith, A. (1998) Development itself is the key to understanding developmental disorders. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2(10), 389-398. Karmiloff, K. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2001) Pathways to language: From foetus to adolescent. Developing Child Series, Harvard University Press. Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2015). An alternative to domain-general or domain-specific frameworks for theorizing about human evolution and ontogenesis. AIMS Neuroscience, 2(2), 91-104. Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2015). An alternative to domain-general or domain-specific frameworks for theorizing about human evolution and ontogenesis. AIMS Neuroscience, 2(2), 91-104.

Current post

Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London

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