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2017
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Neurocognitive Methods in Infant and Toddler Research

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (UU)
Course code
S44
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 450
Level
PhD level

The goal of this summer school is to acquaint young scientist with frequently applied methods in brain, cognition and behaviour research with infants and toddlers. During lectures by international experts, discussions, and hands-on sessions, participants learn about the theoretical and practical issues with study-design, data-acquisition and analyses.

Neurocognitive research on babies and young children is burgeoning. Recent experimental research on for instance perception, language, and social skills has led to many important insights into devel-opmental trajectories. However, experimental research with infants and toddlers in a laboratory set-ting faces many challenges of which children’s limited attention spans and ability to engage in struc-tured tasks are important examples. Sharing details of successful experimental designs and system-atically reflecting on factors that affect outcomes are essential prerequisites for replication. This in turn is relevant to standardization and cross-laboratory collaboration, which are necessary for ad-vancing the field. It is essential that junior researchers are not only trained in applying the experi-mental techniques and procedures, but also that they learn to reflect on limitations of these tech-niques.

The objectives of this summer school are (1) to acquaint students (advanced master level, PhD and Postdocs) with frequently applied methods in brain, cognition and behavior research with infants and toddlers, (2) to sensitize the students to issues regarding reliability, replicability, and validity by having them explore how these issues are related to susceptibilities of current techniques and quantitative analysis methods.

During the summer school, international experts will discuss methods applied in infant and toddler research. Focus will be on the methods EEG, eye-tracking, fNIRS, and behavioural methods. In addition, participants learn about issues regarding the use of these methods during discussion groups and hands-on sessions.

Tags: child, infant, neurocongition, behavioral methods, eeg, fnirs, eye-tracking, dynamics of youth, neuroscience and cognition utrecht

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COURSE LEADER

Dr. Brigitta Keij and Dr. Carlijn van den Boomen

LECTURERS

Celeste Kidd, Vincent Reid, Jean-Remy Hochmann, Anna Blasi

TARGET GROUP

Level: PhD and Post-doc level. Advanced master students are welcome with the minimal experience of designing one experiment.

Discipline: developmental cognitive neuroscience

COURSE AIM

The objectives of this summer school are (1) to acquaint students (advanced master level, PhD and Postdocs) with frequently applied methods in brain, cognition and behavior research with infants and toddlers, (2) to sensitize the students to issues regarding reliability, replicability, and validity by having them explore how these issues are related to susceptibilities of current techniques and quan-titative analysis methods.

STUDY LOAD

Contact hours: approximately 6 hours per day
Self-study (before start of the course): reading of 8 articles and preparation of elevator pitch.

The summer school will start with an introduction day, in which each student presents his/her research through an elevator pitch. In the afternoon a symposium is organised. On each of a following days, one methods is discussed. The day will start with a presentation of an expert. To learn more about the issues regarding the method, participants will discuss published papers and practice during hands-on sessions on data-acquisition and -analyses.

FEE

• € 450 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 250 - Course + course materials

The course fee includes lunch.
Participants from Utrecht University will receive a discount of €200.-

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

MORE INFORMATION

Carlijn van den Boomen
C.vandenboomen@uu.nl
0031302533386

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REGISTRATION

Deadline for registration: 10 June 2017

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