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Jason Chein, Temple University Philadelphia

Understanding the adolescent brain: vulnerability and opportunity


Date & Time: 12 January 2017 3pm till 4 pm
Location: Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen, Pieter de la Court gebouw, Wassenaarseweg 52, room SA41



The period spanning pre-adolescence into young adulthood is marked by significant changes in the structure, function, and network behavior of the human brain. A major goal for the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience is to understanding how these changes specifically relate to the behavioral hallmarks of adolescence, which include sensation and reward seeking, risk taking, and susceptibility to peer influence. In this talk I will describe the ways in which my colleagues and I have explored brain-behavior relationships, and how we have tried to advance an understanding of specific mechanisms that yield both vulnerability and opportunity during adolescent development.

Jason Chein, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology (Brain, Behavior, & Cognition) at Temple University. Broadly, research in Dr. Chein's laboratory employs a cognitive neuroscientific approach to evaluate alternative theoretical claims surrounding the basic mechanisms of cognition, the relationship among these mechanisms, and the contribution each makes to high-level cognitive function. Dr. Chein has extensive training in the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and employs this technique in combination with traditional behavioral measures to pursue his research goals. His primary research focus is on the psychological and neurobiological underpinnings of working memory (immediate memory, short-term memory, controlled attention), and its role in cognitive control, learning, and decision making. Dr. Chein obtained his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Computer Science from Temple University in 1997, and rejoined the Temple community as a member of the faculty in January of 2006. During the interim, he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology with a specialization in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University.

Dr. Chein currently teaches courses in Cognitive Psychology and Functional Neuroimaging. He is a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Psychonomic Society, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Neuroscience.

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