What our Lab does Research on:
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field devoted to understanding how children’s minds change as they grow up, interrelations between that and how the brain is changing, and environmental and biological influences on that.
Our lab specializes in studying a region of the brain known as prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the cognitive abilities that depend on it called executive functions.
Executive functions include 'thinking outside the box' and flexibly adjusting to unexpected change (cognitive flexibility & creative problem-solving), reasoning and mentally playing with and relating ideas and facts (working memory), and giving considered responses rather than impulsive ones, resisting temptations, resisting distractions, and staying focused (self-control, discipline, & selective attention).
genetic influences on them,
environmental influences on them
& their neural bases
To study their neural bases and modulation by genes and neurochemistry, we use functional neuroimaging (fMRI) & molecular genetic techniques.
To study their modulation by the environment, we look at detrimental factors such as poverty or stress, and we look at facilitative factors such as various interventions and school programs, and hope to start looking at the possible benefits of dance, music, and storytelling.
We offer a markedly different perspective from traditional medical practice in hypothesizing that treating physical health, without also addressing social and emotional health, is less efficient or efficacious.
We offer a markedly different perspective from mainstream education in hypothesizing that focusing exclusively on training cognitive skills is less efficient, and ultimately less successful, than also addressing emotional, social, spiritual, and physical needs.
American Public Media's
with host, Krista Tippett
Learning, Doing, Being:
A New Science of Education
"What neuroscientist Adele Diamond is learning about the brain is turning some of our most modern ideas about education on their heads. Her work is scientifically illustrating the educational power of things like play, sports, music, memorization and reflection. What nourishes the human spirit, the whole person, it turns out, also hones our minds.
My thinking about the education I received, about school testing, and about what I want for my children will never be the same after the conversation I had with neuroscientist Adele Diamond."
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Online Resource Materials, click here
- Online Videos featuring Adele Diamond, click here
- TEDx talk online
- Talk at Monastero di San Biagio, Italy
- Talk at Executive Function Center of New York
- Talk at Brain Talks UBC
- Talk at the Boston Children’s Museum
- Dr. Diamond’s Wish for the Field of Psychology 2015
- Talk at Institut Guttmann, Barcelona, Spain
- Talk at HCEO
- Talk at the Univ. of Haifa, Israel
- Talk at the Simms/Mann Institute Think Tank
- Brief talk at California Dance Institute’s Event of the Year
- Talk at Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
- Talk at the Neuroplasticity and Education Conference
- Talk at the FLUX Integrative Dev. Cog. Neuro. Conference
- Talk at the Heart-Mind conference
- Talk at Educare Learning Network Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
- Interview at the Foundation
Dr Julien de Pédiatrie Sociale
- Talk at Seattle Children’s Hospital
- Talk at the Garrison Institute, NY
- Interview by Fanny Kiefer: part 1
- Interview by Fanny Kiefer: part 2
- Talk at the Maryland State Department of Education
- The Importance of Early Childhood Education
- Active, Hands-on Learning is more Effective
- Talk at the Education Symposium. Garrison Institue, NY
- Short Talk with the Dalai Lama
- Garrison Institute interview, NY
- Maastricht University: Academic Year Opening Address
- Day-Night task