Date: Wednesday, November, 5th.
Place: Sala de Conferencias 2 CIMCYC
Speaker: Chandan Vaidya, directora del laboratorio de Neurociencia Cognitiva del Desarrollo de la Universidad de Georgetown
Title: Towards a cognitive neuroscience of individual differences: Genes, brain, and behavior
Abstract: Genetic polymorphisms of dopamine and serotonin genes have been implicated in susceptibility to psychiatric conditions. I will present our studies in healthy children and adults examining the role of the dopamine transporter genotype and the serotonin transporter genotype in differences in performance (e.g., working memory, logical reasoning), behavioral traits (e.g., inattention/impulsivity, anxiety), and brain structure and function (activation and connectivity). These findings contribute to the identification of endophenotypes that are necessary for building a causal pathway from genes to disorder.