Chapter 28. Neuroconstructivism

  1. Usha Goswami
  1. Gert Westermann1,
  2. Michael S. C. Thomas2 and
  3. Annette Karmiloff-Smith2

Published Online: 15 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444325485.ch28

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition

How to Cite

Westermann, G., Thomas, M. S. C. and Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2010) Neuroconstructivism, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition (ed U. Goswami), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444325485.ch28

Editor Information

  1. University of Cambridge, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychology, Oxford Brookes University, UK

  2. 2

    Developmental Neurocognition Laboratory, School of Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191166

Online ISBN: 9781444325485



  • neuroconstructivism;
  • neuroconstructivist framework - for studying cognitive development;
  • neuroconstructivism, informed by recent theories of functional brain development;
  • neuroconstructivist framework - as trajectory, shaped by multiple interacting biological and environmental constraints;
  • levels of constraints, shaping development and sources of constraints in neuroconstructivist development;
  • encellment, neural constructivism - altering neural networks to support processing of experiences;
  • neuroconstructivism and computational modeling;
  • development as outcome of local changes - linking neural and cognitive development;
  • neuroconstructivism and developmental disorders;
  • neuroconstructivism - Piagetian constructivist notion of proactive interactions between individual and environment


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Neuroconstructivist Framework

  • Sources of Constraints in Neuroconstructivist Development

  • Neuroconstructivism and Computational Modeling

  • Neuroconstructivism and Developmental Disorders

  • Modeling Atypical Development

  • Recent Developments in Methodology: The Use of Trajectory Analysis

  • Recent Developments in the Genetic Bases of Atypical Development

  • Conclusion

  • References