The Developmental Science research group use experimental, brain imaging and modeling approaches to reveal the mechanisms underpinning human typical and atypical cognitive and social development. Their work has made significant contributions to our understanding of the development of cognition - including language, memory, theory of mind and moral judgements - and psychosocial factors such as malnourishment, attachment and childhood trauma. They have made important discoveries helping to understand the neurobiological mechanisms behind common developmental disorders such as ASD or ADHD.
The Developmental Science research suites house an infant behaviour observation laboratory, eyetracking systems, near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and electroencephalography (EEG) allowing the group to tackle the challenging problem of understanding how the human mind develops and changes through early life.
Research in the group is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and The British Academy.