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DCNU in the News December 2013

Sunday 8 December 2013 More...

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Journal July

Latest Quarterly Journal of:
Cognitive Neuroscience

(Volume 7: January 2014)

2012 Impact Factor: 3.160


News, Articles and the Press

Dr Michelle de Haan and Dr Eva Zita Patai from the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health, in the news: The Observer: Sunday 8 December 2013:


Professor Faraneh Vargha-Khadem talks to Bettany Hughes on BBC Radio 4: 16th & 18th September 2013

Listen to Professor Vargha-Khadem talking on two of a series of five programmes on "The Ideas that Make Us".  Listen to the programme on "Idea" and "Love" on 16th and 18th September respectively:


First example of a heritable abnormality affecting semantic cognition found - June 2012

"The next step is to identify what genetic anomaly is causing this familial problem with words and language. The possibility that there may be a single gene, or cluster of genes, that plays an important role in how the brain links words to meaning is very interesting and merits urgent further investigation."

Professor David Skuse, Professor of Behavioural and Brain Sciences, UCL Institute of Child Health

Brain surgery boost for children with severe epilepsy - 15 May 2012

Professor Helen Cross (UCL Institute of Child Health) talks about epilepsy, and the different ways to treat the disorder. Read: BBC News

Dyslexia: could it be an advantage?

Dr Valerie Muter, Consultant Neuropsychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, joins a panel discussion on BBC radio 4's Woman's Hour to discuss The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain, written by Drs Brock and Fernette Eide.  

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Director of CDCN, Professor Faraneh Vargha-Khadem, gives an interview to CNN World One live on 17 February 2012 on Helping Syria's Child Victims

FV-K CNN Interview 17 Feb 2012

Professor Faraneh Vargha-Khadem delivers the McCandless and Elliott lectures

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2012 Frank A Elliott Lecture

University of Pennsylvania, 2 February 2012

Title: "Developmental amnesia: Growing up without episodic memory"


Our initial studies in children with bilateral damage to the hippocampus arising from hypoxia/ischaemia revealed a pronounced dissociation between episodic memory, which is markedly impaired, and semantic memory, which is relatively preserved.  We labelled the syndrome ‘developmental amnesia’ in order to differentiate it from the more global anterograde amnesia usually seen after bilateral medial temporal lobe damage incurred in adulthood.  A series of follow-up studies will be reported to examine some of the variables leading to the developmental syndrome and to investigate further some of its defining features.  The findings indicate that the syndrome is directly related to the extent of bilateral hippocampal pathology but is independent of the age during childhood when this damage occurs.  The resulting form of amnesia is characterised by a dissociation not only between the episodic and semantic components of cognitive memory but also between recall, which is severely affected, and recognition, which remains relatively intact.  Behavioural, electrophysiological, and functional neuroimaging findings in one of the patients led to the proposal that developmental amnesia occurs when the neural mechanism underpinning the mnemonic process of ‘recollection’, as contrasted with ‘familiarity’, is selectively compromised.

2011 Boyd McCandless Memorial Lecture

University of Emory, Atlanta, 7 November 2011

Title: "Degree of hippocampal damage and memory impairment after early exposure to hypoxia-ischaemia"

Professor Eleanor Maguire, former CDCN Steering Committee Member features as Role Model in Science and Engineering Achievement, USA Science and Engineering Festival


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'New Scientist' editor Roger Highfield looks at Professor Eleanor Maguire, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (during 2011 in celebration of the Wellcome Trust's 75th Anniversary)

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