The broad aim of the Cognition, Genes and Developmental Variability (CoGDev) Lab is to characterise both typical and atypical development of cognitive functions within a neuroconstructivist framework (i.e. functions are explored within the context of the developing brain).
This involves analytical investigation of spatial performance in both small-scale (e.g. spatial ability, perception, mental imagery, drawing and construction abilities) and large-scale space (navigation and route learning abilities). We are also interested in the intersection between spatial ability and other abilities, such as motor function. Our most recent research interest relates to the relationship between spatial thinking and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in primary school age children.
We have published work on the performance of typically developing children, typical adults, individuals with autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome and cerebral palsy.
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