Researchers in the UNC Early Brain Development Study tracking the development of the brain’s emotion circuitry in infancy found that adult-like functional brain connections for emotional regulation emerge during the first year of life. And the growth of these brain circuits during the second year of life predicted the IQ and emotional control of the children at 4 years old, suggesting new avenues for early detection and intervention for children who are at risk for emotional problems.
These results were published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. …… Co-authors of the study were Andrew P. Salzwedel, PhD; Rebecca L. Stephens, PhD; Barbara D. Goldman, PhD; and Weili Lin, PhD… Read the full article.
Few people can say they have turned their favorite childhood hobby into a career. But Weili Lin still spends his days taking pictures, just as he did as a kid. Only now, the images he captures are of the developing brain, not rocks and dragonflies.
Lin, director of the Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC), uses his passion for photography to devise innovative approaches to capture the body’s internal structures.
“There are so many different parameters you can play with, just like when you take pictures you can adjust the parameters to see things in a completely different way,” Lin said.