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Our research explores the cognitive and brain mechanisms associated with attention and working memory in childhood. These mechanisms develop gradually through early and mid-childhood, and are excellent predictors of a child's educational progress. Furthermore these abilities of regularly implicated in various neurodevelopmental disorders. We want to understand how and why these abilities differ so markedly across children, and whether they can be enhanced with interventions. To do this we use a variety of neuroimaging methods to better understand how different brain areas interact, how these neural systems correspond to cognitive ability, and how these brain systems respond to targetted intervention.

In addition to intramural support from the Medical Research Council, the research programme is supported by the Stroke Association and the NewLife Foundation for Disabled Children. Previous projects have been supported by the Royal Society, the British Academy, and the Economic and Social Research Council.