Our work on development has had three main foci in recent
years: (1) the development of competence in spatial mapping, using
a computerized version of the Morris water maze in children of various
ages; (2) the status of the so-called "geometric module", and the
ability of children of various ages to integrate geometric and landmark
information in solving orientation and re-orientation tasks; and
(3) the implications of postnatal maturation of the hippocampus,
in particular with respect to improper development.
Papers dealing with each of these projects can be downloaded
below; additional material can be found on the Down syndrome page.
Hupbach, A. and Nadel, L. Reorientation
in a rhombic-shaped environment: No evidence for an encapsulated
Development, in press).
Nadel, L. and Hupbach, A. Cross-species comparisons in development:
The case of the spatial “module”. In M.H.
Johnson & Y. Munakata (eds). Attention and Performance
XXI, Oxford, Oxford University Press (in press).
Laurance, H.E., Learmonth, A.E., Nadel, L. & Jacobs, W.J.
Maturation of spatial navigation strategies: Converging findings
spatial environments and self report. Journal of Cognition and Development, 4: 211-238, 2003.
Uecker, A. & Nadel, L. Spatial but not object memory impairments
in children with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) American Journal of
Mental Retardation, 103: 12-18, 1998.
Uecker, A. and Nadel, L. Spatial locations gone awry: Object
and spatial memory deficits in children with fetal alcohol
syndrome. Neuropsychologia, 34: 209-223, 1996.
Wilcox, T., Nadel, L. and Rosser, R. Location Memory in Healthy
Preterm and Fullterm Infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 19: 309-323, 1996.
Wilcox, T., Rosser, R. and Nadel, L. Representation of object
location in 6.5-month-old infants. Cognitive Development, 9: 193-209, 1994.
Nadel, L., Wilson, L. and Kurz, E.M. Hippocampus: Effects
of alterations in timing of development. In G. Turkewitz & D.
Devenny, (Eds.), Developmental time and timing, Hillsdale,
NJ: Erlbaum, 1992.
Nadel, L. and Willner, J. Some implications of postnatal
maturation in the hippocampal formation. In V. Chan-Palay
and C. Köhler
(Eds.) The hippocampus: new vistas. New York: AR Liss,