March 14-15, 2011

Workshop Organizers


  • *Joseph Piven, M.D.—University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • *Rick K. Wagner, Ph.D.—Florida State University
  • John E. Richards, Ph.D.—University of South Carolina


Cognition, with its key relationships to neurodevelopment and learning, is part of a lifelong process that underlies overall functioning and quality-of-life. Understanding cognition can help improve functioning for individuals with intellectual, developmental, learning, and other disabilities, and to advance lifelong learning and cognitive development.

As examples, discussions of this theme could include:

  • Understanding the basic mechanisms and processes underlying typical and atypical cognition and neurodevelopment, and the influence of a wide range of specific biological and social factors that influence these processes at key developmental stages
  • Examining various aspects of intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as their genetic, etiologic, and pathophysiologic origins; their natural history across the lifespan; and interventions to enhance cognitive functioning in all capacities, in wide-ranging clinical, community, and other settings, and in various subpopulations
  • Examining various aspects of learning and cognition, both typical and impaired, to better identify and treat learning disabilities, to aid rehabilitation after neurotrauma, and to translate this knowledge into effective interventions that enhance learning and cognition throughout all developmental periods in various clinical, community, and other settings, and in various populations
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Last Reviewed: 06/01/2011