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Baby Brain and Behavior Project

The Baby Brain and Behavior Project investigates brain and emotion-related development during the first two years of life. We are learning more about how very early experiences influence the brain development and child well-being. Building on more than 25 years of collaborative research, we are, for the first time, observing brain and behavior development concurrently during the first weeks of life. Assessments of mothers began during pregnancy.

In addition to neuroimaging, researchers are observing infant and toddler behavior, analyzing mother and infant salivary cortisol, umbilical cord blood and drawing from extensive surveys with the goal of better understanding child well-being at the behavioral and cellular level. 

Learn more on the study's website.

People Working on This Study

Cory Burghy
Assistant Scientist, Center for Healthy Minds
Richard J. Davidson
Founder, Center for Healthy Minds & Healthy Minds Innovations, William James & Vilas Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry
Doug Dean
Doug Dean
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Healthy Minds
Corrina Frye
Senior Research Specialist, Center for Healthy Minds
Hill Goldsmith
Hill Goldsmith
Mark and Ilene Laufman Family Professor & Antoine Bascom Professor & Leona Tyler Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Ned Kalin
Ned Kalin
Hedberg Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, Director of the HealthEmotions Research Institute, University of Wisconsin–Madison
John Koger
Research Technology Manager, Center for Healthy Minds
Cory Schmidt
Cory Schmidt
Senior Research Specialist, Center for Healthy Minds
Nicci Schmidt
Research Program Manager, Center for Healthy Minds
Sarah Short
Sarah J. Short
Assistant Professor, Dorothy King Chair in Educational Psychology, Center for Healthy Minds
William Wooten
Associate Research Specialist, Center for Healthy Minds

Related Publications

Dean III, D. C., Planalp, E. M., Wooten, W., Kecskemeti, S. R., Adluru, N., Schmidt, C. K., Frye, C., Birn, R. M., Burghy, C. A., Schmidt, N. L., Styner, M.A., Short, S. J., Kalin, N. H., Goldsmith, H. H., Alexander, A. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2018). Association of prenatal maternal depression and anxiety symptoms with infant white matter microstructure. JAMA Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.2132 PMCID: PMC6190835
Dean III, D. C., Planalp, E. M., Wooten, W., Schmidt, C. K., Kecskemeti, S. R., Frye, C., Schmidt, N. L., Goldsmith, H. H., Alexander, A. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2018). Investigation of brain structure in the one-month infant. Brain Structure and Function, 223(4), 1953-70. doi:10.1007/s00429-017-1600-2 PMCID: PMC5886836
Brooker, R. J. Canen, M. J., Davidson, R. J., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2017). Short- and long-term stability of alpha asymmetry in infants: Baseline and affective measures. Psychophysiology. doi:10.1111/psyp.12866 PMCID: PMC5507748 
Dean III, D. C., Planalp, E. M., Wooten, W., Adluru, N., Kecskemeti, S. R., Frye, C., Schmidt, C. K., Schmidt, N. L., Styner, M. A., Goldsmith, H. H., Davidson, R. J., & Alexander, A. L. (2017). Mapping white matter microstructure in the one month human brain. Scientific Reports7(1), 9759doi:10.1038/s41598-017-09915-6 PMCID: PMC5575288
Williams, L. E., Oler, J. A., Fox, A. S., McFarlin, D. R., Rogers, G. M., Jesson, M. A. L., Davidson, R. J., Pine, D. S., & Kalin, N. H. (2015). Fear of the unknown: Uncertain anticipation reveals amygdala alterations in childhood anxiety disorders. Neuropsychopharmacology, 40, 1428–1435. doi:10.1038/npp.2014.328 PMCID: PMC4397401
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