Attention, Brain & Cognitive Development

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Attention shapes what we act upon and learn from our environment. And yet there is much to be discovered about the following:

  • How do attentional processes develop in infants, toddlers and children as they become attentive adults?

  • How does the brain implement these developing functions?

  • How do genetic and environmental factors constrain the development of attention?

  • What is the impact of attentional difficulties on learning over developmental time?

We investigate typical and atypical developmental trajectories of attention and control at multiple levels: from early cognitive development to adult functioning, the neural circuits involved, the genetic and environmental factors constraining their development.


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ABCD is also part of

the Oxford Centre for Developmental Science