Genetic Neuroscience

Research on the genetic architecture, in children, adolescents and adults of cognitive and affective brain processes, including inhibitory control, self-regulation, memory and higher order language processes (e.g. reading ability). Individual differences in the longitudinal development of mental functioning are studied from a behavioural (e.g. what is the heritability? what is the genetic correlation across the lifespan?) and a molecular genetic perspective (candidate gene and whole-genome based gene finding). In addition to measuring endpoints we assess intermediate phenotypes or “endophenotypes” such as electrophysiological indices of brain development, brain structure and function as assessed with MRI (both in random and selected twin samples), and performance measures.