Talent in the Face of Deficit

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Participation
Thursday, 27 August 2009 to Friday, 28 August 2009
Submission Deadline: 
Thursday, 21 May 2009

Talent in the Face of Deficit

Date: 27-Aug-2009 - 28-Aug-2009
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Contact: Mila Vulchanova
Contact Email: mila.vulchanova@hf.ntnu.no
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

The conference seeks to address:

-Dissociations, such as talent (savant individuals) and the co-existence of
deficits in the same individual (e.g., autism, developmental dyslexia): what
is the nature of this co-existence (one thing at the expense of the other?);
what mechanisms explain this co-existence and account for how this
individual functions more or less successfully (e.g., the talent, also
compensatory strategies in the deficit)
-Double dissociations (cf. White et al. 2006)
-Clusters of talent
-Co-morbidity (clusters of deficits) in some disorders (most notably
dyslexia, speech and language disorders) and how to tease them apart
-The great individual variation in developmental disorders (Autism Spectrum
Disorders, dyslexia) with the aim of establishing specific profiles/types
within each group