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alt Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders

We study the brain basis of developmental disorders and autism spectrum disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Our studies use non-invasive brain imaging technologies such as EEG/ERP, MRI, and MEG. Some of the goals of our research are to understand how to diagnose developmental disabilities earlier and more accurately, and to understand the effects of different interventions on brain processing and behavioral measures.

Elizabeth Norton

Lisa Wisman Weil

Zhenghan Qi

Aaron Mattfeld

Joanna A. Christodoulou

Dorit Kliemann

Margaret Kjelgaard

alt Reading and Language

We work with children, adolescents, and adults to understand the brain basis of reading and language. We use behavioral assessments and neuroimaging tools (fMRI, EEG/ERP, and MEG). Currently, our studies investigate questions like how brain systems for reading compare between skilled readers and readers with developmental dyslexia, how to predict reading difficulty in young children, and differences in the brain systems in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI).

Elizabeth Norton

Joanna A. Christodoulou

Lisa Wisman Weil

Zhenghan Qi

altIntelligence and Neural Plasticity

Our group is interested in the neural correlates of intelligence, whether fluid intelligence can be enhanced by training, and how the brain changes when training is effective. We are currently investigating several different training strategies and measuring their efficacy with psychometric evaluation, electroencephalography, and multimodal magnetic resonance imaging.

alt Memory Development

Our group seeks to understand the development of declarative memory and how it is supported by the brain. In our current study, we are using structural and functional MRI to examine how children encode visual memories -- specifically for words -- and how their cognitive strategies and brain function change throughout development.

alt Executive Functioning and Development

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