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Conducting Research at the CNBD

The Center for Neurobehavioral Development (CNBD) facilitates an interdisciplinary approach to brain research. Though cognitive and behavioral development are studied in many related fields (e.g. neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, and child development), collaborative research across these disciplines is rare. We provide researchers with equipment, funding support, administrative support, and state-of-the-art research space. Studies must be approved by the CNBD’s Scientific Advisory Committee as well the University of Minnesota’s IRB.

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The CNBD investigates brain-behavior relations via a range of techniques, including: electroencephalogram (EEG); electromyography (EMG) and electrocardiogram (ECG); and cognitive-behavioral tasks such as Mullen Scales of Early Development and the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB).

Brain scan

Our Approach

Research at the CNBD centers around three thematic cores:

  1. Investigations of the underpinnings of cognitive and emotional development
  2. Studies of the neurobiologic effects of early adversity
  3. Exploration of preventions and interventions of neuro/psychopathologies in children either diagnosed with such pathology or at risk of developing them.

The Center's developmental framework highlights the role of both biology and experience in the development of behavior. In exploring biological and experiential causes of atypical development, researchers seek to understand not only how these insults may affect and deflect the development of neural systems underlying behavioral organization, but also how neural systems can reorganize to sustain adequate functioning in the face of these insults.

Child getting head measured

CNBD Services

  • Research space
  • Equipment, including a variety of developmental tests, brain imaging equipment and software
  • Computer lab
  • Conference room
  • Room reservation system
  • Parking permits for research study participants
  • Journal and book library
  • Technology support
  • Children's playroom and childcare for research participants' siblings

Research ethics at the University of Minnesota

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.

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