Understanding The Development Of Cognition And Academic Performance

Research Opportunity
Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor David Coghill david.coghill@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Christos Pantelis cpant@unimelb.edu.au (03) 8344 1870 Personal web page
Mrs Cinzia De Lunca cinzia.deluca@mcri.edu.au

Project Details

We are seeking to recruit a high quality graduate (psychology/neurosciences) to contribute a population based study in children and adolescents aged 5 - 18 years. This PhD project will focus on developing specific questions and hypotheses relating to the developmental associations between cognition and academic functioning through childhood and adolescence, collecting the first wave of data for the study and analyzing this cross sectional data with a specific focus on the questions relating to cognitive and academic performance. The overarching aim of the study is to recruit a sample of children and adolescents from schools within Melbourne. For each child we will collect information about intelligence, psychopathology, academic achievement, functioning and quality of life as well as bio-samples that can be bio-banked for future analyses. Each participant will also complete a series of cognitive tasks from the well-known CANTAB battery. Tasks will assess the various aspects of cognition and include tasks with both high and low executive demands. These tasks have been chosen because they were developed from a neuroscience rather than clinical perspective and are all associated with specific neural substrates. All subjects will be tested on at least two occasions. Through these data we will be able to better understand memory development and the development of behaviour brain relationships across childhood and adolescence as well and define the normative relationships between memory, psychopathology, functioning and quality of life through these developmental stages. Together these data will provide important insights into the development of behaviour brain relationships and facilitate the development of much needed 'growth charts' for memory development that can be used as a yardstick for future studies exploring abnormal development and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine

Research Opportunities

Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Research Node

Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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