Computational Analysis of Brain-Behavior Links

The human brain, as depicted by a network of interconnected regions, acquires a distinctive structural and functional architecture over the course of development. It is postulated that this distinctive architecture of the brain provides a basis for the emergent functional systems and thereby, of behavioral capacities. Therefore, studying developmental changes in the organization of the brain network is critical for understanding neurobiological substrates of cognition, learning, and mental conditions. This becomes especially important during infancy and adolescence when the human brain undergoes a protracted course of remodeling to support the rapid expansion of its behavioral repertoire.

We develop novel brain connectivity analysis methodologies that enable exploration of the links between the brain network and behavioral outcomes in development, diseases, and disorders.

Brain-Behavior Links in Normative and Clinical Samples
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