Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Mystery of Misinterpretation: Landau on Williams Syndrome

Arts and Sciences Magazine:

"After a decade of research, cognitive scientist Barbara Landau is mapping new territory in Williams syndrome—a rare condition that has long baffled scientists.

Suppose you had a winning personality, you loved music, you could ski, ride a bike, and were about to start college. But when faced with a simple test of matching four painted toy blocks, you fumbled around like a 4-year-old.

How can someone be proficient in so many ways, yet stymied by such a seemingly simple task?

It's a mystery that scientist Barbara Landau—the Dick and Lydia Todd Professor of Cognitive Science at the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences—has spent more than a decade trying to understand."

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