THE LABORATORY OF NEUROCOGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Using cognitive neuroscience to advance our understanding of adolescent brain development

URGENT NOTICE: Per University directives to caution regarding the covid-19, all studies are suspended until further notice.


At the LNCD, we use multimodal neuroimaging, such as fMRI, DTI, MEG, and PET, to characterize neurocognitive development during adolescence. Our research focuses on the brain circuitry that allows for higher-order cognition, including networks for voluntary response suppression and spatial working memory.


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Help us understand how brains develop!

Our lab is conducting a study to understand how our brains change as we develop into adults. We are seeking healthy participants ages 10-17.


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We are always putting out new research…

Research at the LNCD focuses on brain mechanisms that support the transition to adult-level cognitive control of behavior. During adolescence, cognition begins to appear mature while, at the same time, important changes such as synaptic pruning and myelination are occurring in the brain, increasing the efficiency of local and distributed brain function. This is also a period where major psychiatric disorders first emerge, emphasizing the importance of understanding the mechanisms underlying the shift towards adult-level behavior.


We are a team of investigators, researchers, students, and staff dedicated to exploring the adolescent brain.


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image of a brain with a yellow to purple gradient, with the text, Become a Research Specialist at the Laboratory of Neurocognitive Development. Accepting applications now. Position starts May 2020. Full Time. UPMC benefits. Competitive wages.

Job Opening

Research Specialist

Full Time

position starts May 2020

Join our team and be a part of groundbreaking scientific research!