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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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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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.