Early Brain Development and Social Communication

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 205

Jed Elison, Assistant Professor, Institute of Child Development, UMN

Jed Elison, an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Child Development and a faculty member of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, is a leader in the search for earlier indicators of behavioral development. Elison’s research is making huge gains in characterizing brain-growth trajectories in children between 3 and 24 months, an age when the foundation is laid for subsequent social and cognitive development. This past summer he won a grant of $2.45 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to study brain and behavioral development during this critical period of development.

A primary focus of his on-going research is the examination of basic developmental processes that contribute to individual differences in social communication during the infant and toddler period. Additional research interests include developmental social neuroscience, structural brain development and social cognition, visual attention, joint attention, eye tracking, MRI, DWI, and autism.

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