The second Biennial Joint Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Symposium was held on June 29th 2016, at the VIP Room of the Institute of Psychology. This symposium was jointly organized by Dr. CHAN Raymond’s group from the Neuropsychology and Applied Cognitive Neuroscience (NACN) Laboratory, Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology and Dr. DENG Xi-ping’s group from the Institute of Developmental and Educational Psychology, East China Normal University.
The main aim of this joint symposium is to promote research in the areas of developmental cognitive neuroscience between the two groups, especially in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders using a wide range of neuro-scientific methods and classical developmental psychology paradigms. The organization of the biennial symposium aims to provide a unique opportunity for the team members to share their own research expertise. The theme of this year’s symposium was ’Changes in cognitive and emotional functions in neurodevelopmental disorders: A longitudinal perspective’.
During the symposium, Dr. DENG’s group presented their recent work on the assessment and developmental trajectories of cognitive and emotional processing in typically developing children, while Dr. CHAN’s group had mainly focused on the cognitive and emotional trajectories of individuals with schizotypy and patients with first-onset schizophrenia. Both groups also presented behavioral and imaging data on the efficacy of non-medical intervention for anhedonia in individuals with subsyndromal depression and social anhedonia.
Presenters of this symposium included Drs. WANG Yi-ji, WEI Wei, CUI Li-xian, YAN Chao, WANG Ya, WANG Yi, LI Xu, CHAN Raymond, Ms. XU Xin-pei, ZHANG Yi-jing, ZHANG Rui-ting, and Mr. LI Zhi. A total of 40 students and faculty members from both groups took part in the symposium.