Damien Fair, PA-C, Ph.D.
Postponed due to Minnesota Blizzard conditions
(Will reschedule - TBD)
Professor, Department of Pediatrics ~ University of Minnesota
Redleaf Endowed Director, Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain
Professor, Institute of Child Development College of Education and Human Development
Department of Pediatrics, Medical School
Title: “Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Era of Big Data”
Developmental cognitive neuroscience is being pulled in new directions by network science and big data. Brain imaging (e.g. functional MRI, functional connectivity MRI), analytical advances (e.g. graph theory, machine learning), and access to large computing resources have empowered us to collect and process neuro-behavioral data faster and in larger populations than ever before. The translational potential from these advances is unparalleled, as a better understanding of complex human brain function is best grounded in the onset of these functions during human development. However, the maturation of the developmental cognitive neuroscience has seen the emergence of new challenges and pitfalls, which have significantly slowed progress and need to be overcome to maintain momentum. Here I examine the state of developmental cognitive neuroscience in the era of networks and ‘big data’ and highlight the solid footing we can take forward into the future.