Neurobehavioral Disorders of Childhood

An Evolutionary Perspective

  • Robert Melillo
  • Gerry Leisman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-10
  2. Robert Melillo, Gerry Leisman
    Pages 1-14
  3. Robert Melillo, Gerry Leisman
    Pages 15-32
  4. Robert Melillo, Gerry Leisman
    Pages 47-67
  5. Robert Melillo, Gerry Leisman
    Pages 69-80
  6. Robert Melillo, Gerry Leisman
    Pages 81-91
  7. Robert Melillo, Gerry Leisman
    Pages 93-104
  8. Robert Melillo, Gerry Leisman
    Pages 105-175
  9. Robert Melillo, Gerry Leisman
    Pages 177-241
  10. Robert Melillo, Gerry Leisman
    Pages 243-304
  11. Robert Melillo, Gerry Leisman
    Pages 305-365
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 1-81

About this book


Attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, asperger's syndrome, and autism, to name but a few, may be viewed as points on a spectrum of developmental disabilities in which those points share features in common and possibly etiology as well, varying only in severity and in the primary anatomical region of dysfunctional activity.

This text focuses on alterations of the normal development of the child. A working theory is presented based on what we know of the neurological and cognitive development in the context of evolution of the human species and its brain. In outlining our theory of developmental disabilities in evolutionary terms, the authors offer evidence to support the following notions: Bipedalism was the major reason for human neocortical evolution; Cognition evolved secondary and parallel to evolution of motricity; There exists an overlap of cognitive and motor symptoms; Lack of thalamo-cortical stimulation, not overstimulation, is a fundamental problem of developmental disabilities; A primary problem is dysfunctions of hemisphericity; Most conditions in this spectrum of disorders are the result of a right hemisphericity; Environment is a fundamental problem; All of these conditions are variations of the same problem; These problems are correctable; Hemisphere specific treatment is the key to success.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Melillo
    • 1
  • Gerry Leisman
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Clinical NeurologyCarrick Institute for Graduate StudiesCape CanaveralU.S.A.
  2. 2.College of Staten IslandCity University of New YorkStaten IslandU.S.A.

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