CIDD Investigator Forum set for Oct. 10

Postdoc Meghan Swanson to present “Learning to Talk: The Neurodevelopment Behind Emerging Language”

CIDD Investigator Forum set for Oct. 10 click to enlarge Meghan Swanson, PhD

Meghan Swanson, PhD, will present "Learning to Talk: The Neurodevelopment Behind Emerging Language," as part of the Carolina Institute of Developmental Disabilities Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 12:15 in the first floor auditorium of the Bioinformatics Building.

Lunch will be provided at noon.

Swanson is a developmental and cognitive neuroscientist investigating the brain and behavioral development of typically developing infants and infants who go on to have autism spectrum disorder. Her talk will focus on the neurobiology of language in the developing brain. She will also cover her research using day-long home language recordings, to study how infants and their parents communicate in their natural environment, and how this early communication shapes brain development and language skills.

During her doctoral studies in psychology at the Gradate Center at the City University of New York, Swanson worked on parent-mediated interventions for toddlers at risk for autism and developed an eye-tracking measure of joint attention. Since coming to  UNC, she has trained in neuroimaging and focused on studying the neural commitment to early communication skills. Her research is funded by an NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award.

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