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Cognitive control and brain function in children and adolescents

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ABSTRACT: Developmental research on cognitive control and self-regulation has recently started to use brain imaging measures during task performance to allow for the examination of brain-behavior relations – an exciting new field of research which started in the field of cognitive neuroscience. In my talk, I will present evidence how use of brain imaging measures can inform us about developmental mechanisms underlying changes in cognitive control and self-regulation. Several studies will be presented in which experimental cognitive control tasks were used with children and adolescents between 8 and 25 years in the domains of (1) training, (2) affective functioning and (3) social decision-making. Results indicate that developmental processes can be identified in brain function. I will argue that developmental changes in cognitive control can be best understood in terms of different developmental trajectories for dissociable brain functions.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE : Eveline Crone is Professor of Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology at Leiden University. She received her PhD in 2003 from the University of Amsterdam and spent 2 years as a post doctoral researcher at UC Davis before starting the Brain & Development Laboratory in 2005, “http://www.brainanddevelopmentlab.nl/

Eveline’s research includes the psychological and neural processes involved in cognitive control and self-regulation. Her work employs a developmental cognitive neuroscience approach to examine the relation between brain development and changes in psychological processes from childhood to adulthood. Eveline has a secondary position as Professor in Affective Neurocognitive Development in Adolescence at the University of Amsterdam, facilitated by the Dutch Neurofederation.

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