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Kenneth P. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Huntsville, AL

The Neurodevelopmental System of Mel Levine, M.D.


1) Attention Control System

            Mental Energy Controls

                        Alertness Control

                        Mental Effort Control

                        Consistency Control

                        Sleep Arousal Control


            Intake Controls

                        Selection Control

                        Depth and Detail Control

                        Mind Activity Control

                        Satisfaction Control

                        Span Control


            Output Controls

                        Previewing Control

                        Options Control

                        Pace Control

                        Reinforcement Control

                        Quality Control



2) Memory System

            Short Term Memory

            Active Working Memory

            Long Term Memory



                Automatic Access (Automatization)

                Filing as Pairs

                Filing Procedures

                    Filing Within Categories

                    Filing Rules and Familiar Patterns



3) Language System

            Automatic – Literate

            Concrete – Abstract

            Basic – Higher

            Receptive – Expressive


            Language Levels

                        Thinking about Language (Metalinguistics)

                        Language in Big Chunks (Discourse)

                        Words Put into Sentences (Syntax)

                        Word Meanings (Semantics)

                        Word Bits (Morphemes)

                        Sounds (Phonemes)



4) Spatial Ordering System





            Thinking on a Higher Plane



5) Sequential Ordering System





Thinking on a Higher Plane



6) Motor System

            Gross Motor

            Fine Motor

            Graphomotor (Writing)

            Oromotor (Speaking)

            Musical Motor



7) Higher Thinking System



            Problem Solving

                        Knowing a Problem’s a Problem

                        Previewing the Outcome

                        Assessing the Feasibility

                        Mobilizing Resources

                        Thinking Logically

                        Considering Different Strategies and Picking the Best One

                        Starting and Pacing


                        Dealing with Impasses

                        Arriving at the Solution

                        (Checking your answer)


            Critical Thinking

                        Enumerating the Facts

                        Uncovering the Author’s or Creator’s Point of View

                        Establishing What the Child Thinks

                        Searching for Errors and Exaggerations

                        Getting Outside Help

                        Weighing the Evidence






            Risk Taking

            The Integration of Technical Skill with Originality

            Autonomy from Peer Pressures and Standards

            Suspension of Self-Evaluation

            Discovery and Pursuit of the Right Medium

            Stylistic Distinctiveness


            The role of Intuitive Thinking in influencing all forms of Higher Thinking


                        The Higher Thinking System and the other Neurodevelopmental Systems



8) Social Thinking System

             The Big Three Social Missions

                        The Friendship Mission

                        The Political Mission

                        The Popularity Mission


            Social Functions and Dysfunctions

                        Express Accurate Feelings

                        Interpret Feelings of Others Accurately

                        Code Switching

                        Regulation of Humor

                        Requesting Skill

                        Mood Matching


                        Lingo Fluency


             Social Behaviors

                        Conflict Resolution


                        Self-marketing and image development


                        Reading and acting on social information


This page content derived from the book A Mind at a Time, by Mel Levine, M.D..