Human beings are intensely social animals. For example, we are so tuned towards detecting social cues that we see faces that aren't even there! 

My research group investigates how children and adolescents learn to make sense of the social world and how this is reflected in the improving social cognitive abilities and the underlying brain networks changes. Recently we have also begun to investigate the role of the microbiome in shaping behaviour and brain function during development

Our research is also motivated by the hope that a better understanding of the set-up process during development can provide insights into the developmental mechanisms of learning and plasticity.

In turn, this will then allow us to spot variations and potential problems early.


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