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Early Childhood Neurological and Cognitive Development

How does size and shape of the brain change during childhood and adolescence?

This study will help us learn if the brain works differently in children than it does in adolescents.

The younger the child, the harder it is to get clear pictures of their brain.  Just like in the pictures we take with our digital cameras, if you move, the picture comes out blurry.  The same is true for pictures taken in an MRI.  In this study we focus on collecting brain images and test scores from very young kids once when they are ages 5-7 and again 2 years later so we can analyze the data in several ways.  We want to expand the amount of brain data we have for this “difficult to capture” population.

We collaborate with scientists all over the world sharing the brain mapping images we collect through this study.

While we are not associated with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, the following video emphasizes why this study is necessary to capture the normal developing brain in children. This video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (developingchild.harvard.edu) features Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School addressing basic concepts of early childhood development, established over decades of neuroscience and behavioral research, which help illustrate why child development—particularly from birth to five years—is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society.