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Our team is involved in various research projects, which are all centered around typical and atypical brain development in relation to human behaviors such as skill acquisition, learning, but also social and emotional well-being. We investigate brain trajectories in dependence to the environment children grow up in and the genetic predispositions they bring along for specific times in life or across the life span. We also have a particular interest in science communication.
Socioemotional Brain Development - an Intergenerational Perspective. This project highlights the importance of parent-child relationships on brain development and provides a foundation for the understanding of the positive and negative back-cycling effects of experiences on children’s lives. This is an SNSF funded project.
For parents interested in participating with their children, please contact us.
Our science outreach initiative Growing Brains combines elements of science outreach, co-creation, and dialogue to further public knowledge about brain and behavioral development. We will also guide our audience towards an increased understanding of the fundamental principles of the scientific process – how does science actually work?
STRESS is the 2022 flagship project of the Hochschulmedizin Zurich. With over 15 partner institutions it aims to study risk and resilience of stress exposure across the lifespan. In collaboration with Prof. Todd Hare, the NMR Kids Lab investigates when, how, and for whom stressful life events result in negative outcomes.
Adaptive Brain Circuits in Development and Learning is a University of Zurich Research Priority Program led by Prof. Dr. Esther Stoeckli and Prof. Dr. Fritjof Helmchen. The NMR Kids Lab collaborates with various teams to inform about the brain basis of multisensory processing and learning.
Does Biobehavioral Synchrony Promote Learning? This project propels the Science of Learning into the next decade. It is a collaboration with Prof. C. Hostinar, UC Davis, and Prof. C. de Weerth, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition & Behavior, Radboud University Medical Center.
As part of the FemNAT-CD consortium, the NMR Kids Lab collaborates in investigations assessing emotion regulation skills in adolescents with and without conduct disorder.
In this project, we investigate the development of socioemotional and language-related abilities from early childhood into adolescence. The project has been completed.