Cognitive Development

 

There are many disorders of the brain specific to childhood and adolescence, such as ADHD, Schizophrenia, Autism and Dyslexia, which have an impact not just on health but also on the education of our growing population. The influence of diet and exercise on cognitive development and cognitive ageing is also a timely research area considering the unhealthy lifestyle and increasing lifespan of the average Western European.  Discovering how our brains build networks and connections during development and how lifestyle and health status affect this will shed light on where the critical vulnerabilities lie in old age. Researchers studying developmental learning and memory processes work alongside clinicians specialising in children's cognitive developmental abnormalities to advise schools and government and inform policy to optimise education for our future.