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Experimental Psychology Seminar

Understanding the developmental dynamics of brain structure and cognitive performance in childhood

Rogier A. Kievit, Group Leader, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge

Traditional measurement of cognitive abilities centers on modelling individual differences based on single-occasion measurement. Here I show how a more dynamic approach to cognitive development can deepen our understanding and shed new light on longstanding debates. Using data from multiple large developmental cohorts I illustrate how dynamic models such as longitudinal SEM and network analysis can shed new light on questions such as the general factor of intelligence, the interplay between brain structure and cognitive ability in childhood, the relationship between mental health and cognitive development and the role of language.