Electrophysiological Assessment of Pre-Explicit Memory

In At-Risk 6- And 8- Month-Old infants Abstract Research focusing on the developmental outcome of children who experienced pre- or perinatal brain insult has demonstrated that children who are asymptomatic during the newborn period nevertheless often show cognitive deficits later in life. Behavioral measures of memory and cognitive ability during the infancy period have failed … Read more

Infant Longitudinal Memory Study

For this project, Event Related Potentials are used to monitor brain activity in infant participants every two months from the ages of 4-months through 12-months. Two tests are done at each session. The first test consists of having infants watch pictures on a video monitor of their mother’s face and a stranger’s face. For the … Read more

Amygdalo-cortical Development and the Emergence of Primate Social Behavior

A number of studies in non-human primates have suggested that the amygdala is essential for the normal production and interpretation of social signals. Network researchers conducted a study in rhesus monkeys that challenges this long-held belief. Adult monkeys with amygdala lesions appear to demonstrate normal social behavior, while infant monkeys with amygdala lesions in previous … Read more

Analysis of the Effects of Stress on Developmental Assembly of CNS Circuitry

Following the success of the pseudorabies project, the Network initiated a follow-up project to study the effects of stress on the formation of neural connections from the forebrain to the brainstem (the vital core components of the brain controlling functions essential for survival, including respiration, heart rhythm, blood pressure, eating, drinking, and sleep). This study … Read more

Working Group On Public Dissemination And Social Policy

The Network has established a collaboration with the National Research Council Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development. Together, the two organizations will explore various ways in which they may be able to provide specific audiences (e.g., policy makers, practitioners, educators) with responsible, accurate scientific information needed to make effective … Read more