Utilising new methodology to study of child development
Abstract submitted as part of symposium: “Interdisciplinary Investigations of Early Child Development”
Chairs: Yulia Kovas and Elena Grigorenko, as one of the sessions in the Humanities section. The total symposium length is 1 hour 45 minutes and includes 6 talks, including an invited address by Elena Grigorenko.
Early development and later outcomes are linked through the development of brain systems regulating emotion, attention, self-control and stress. These brain systems are governed by a dynamic interplay between nature and nurture, and influence developmental trajectories that can be further amplified through a cascade of exposures to risky vs. protective contexts. In order to gain a comprehensive picture of the causal processes in the course of development, interdisciplinary approaches are required. The talk presents an overview of the cutting edge interdisciplinary methodology applied to the study of child development. The methods include quantitative genetic, molecular genetic, and bioinformatic advances, such as the use of genomewide complex trait analysis (GCTA), genomewide polygenic scores (GPS), whole genome sequencing, epigenetic studies, research involving IVF-conceived families and other genetically informative designs.