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Denis Mareschal


Research interests

I am interested in all aspects of perceptual and cognitive development in infancy and childhood.The real challenge for developmental psychology is to explain HOW one level of competence is transformed into the next level of competence. A mechanistic account of development is required to answer this question. Computer modelling provides a tool for exploring how different candidate mechanisms can account for the developmental profiles observed in infants and children. Connectionist networks are particularly well suited for modelling development because they develop their own internal representations in response to environmental pressures. Moreover, they provide a bridge between the neuroscience descriptions of development and the traditional (behavioural) descriptions of cognitive development.

My research involves a blend of (connectionist) computational modelling and empirical studies with infants and children. Research projects with children have included: the development of seriation abilities, the development of metaphor comprehension, and the developing basis for inductive reasoning. Research projects with infants have included: the search for occluded and visible objects, the perception of object unity, categorisation of visually presented stimuli, and the determinants of visual pursuit.

The common theme that underlies these projects is the exploration of how the computational properties of a learning systems (e. g., a connectionist autoencoder network or a 3-month-old infant) interact with the distribution of meaningful features in the environment to cause the observed patterns of development in children and infants.

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Denis Mareschal - Publications by Wiley-Blackwell

Child Development PerspectivesFrom NEOconstructivism to NEUROconstructivism
Child Development Perspectives
Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2011, Pages: 169–170, Denis Mareschal
Article first published online : 9 AUG 2011, DOI: 10.1111/j.1750-8606.2011.00185.x
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InfancyAttention to Multiple Cues During Spontaneous Object Labeling
Volume 16, Issue 5, September/October 2011, Pages: 545–556, Rachel Wu, Denis Mareschal and David H. Rakison
Article first published online : 13 DEC 2010, DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2010.00061.x
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International Journal of Language & Communication DisordersDefinitions versus categorization: assessing the development of lexico-semantic knowledge in Williams syndrome
International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
Volume 46, Issue 3, May-June 2011, Pages: 361–373, Harry R. M. Purser, Michael S. C. Thomas, Sarah Snoxall, Denis Mareschal and Annette Karmiloff-Smith
Article first published online : 16 MAY 2011, DOI: 10.3109/13682822.2010.497531
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Forthcoming in 2012 …

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Educational Neuroscience
Edited by Denis Mareschal, Brian Butterworth & Andy Tolmie

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Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development

Birbeck University of London