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Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

New publication: Intergenerational transfer effects on brain structure in mother-child dyads

Congratulations to the NMR Kids Lab team who published a new article in the  journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience entitled “Mother-child similarity in brain morphology: A comparison of structural characteristics of the brain’s reading network.”

Vorschaubild Nora Team

The human brain is a result of many complex, interacting processes. When using neuroimaging methods within different generations of a family (e.g., parents and their children) researchers can test how different traits representing brain structure, function and behavior are passed down within families. In other words, they can test how similar the brains of parents and children look like or how comparable they respond to certain stimuli. In their collaboration with Prof. Daniel Ansari’s Numerical Cognition Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario, London (Canada) the team of Prof. Raschle demonstrate neural similarity and familial specificity in areas of the brain responsible for reading through different measures of brain structure (e.g., surface area, gyrification, sulcal morphology, gray matter volume and cortical thickness) in 69 mother-child dyads. Intergenerational neuroimaging techniques including different family members promise to enhance our knowledge of familial transfer effects on brain development and disorders.

Please find the Publication Link here (PDF, 3 MB).