How Can We Strengthen Infant Brain Development In Rural Africa? | Laura Kischkel | TEDxFrensham İndir

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  • 23 Eki 2018

  • Cognitive neuroscientist Laura Kischkel is working to overcome cultural​ differences and environmental difficulties to take the latest neuroscientific technology to rural Africa to gain an insight into how we can strengthen infant brain development in The Gambia and other low resource areas. Laura's interest lies in understanding how human cognition first develops during infancy and early childhood. Her primary background is in Psychology, in which she obtained a BSc degree from the University of Groningen. She then moved to University College London to specialise in Paediatric Neuropsychology. She has worked with children and teenagers in different capacities, but through her studies became more and more interested in the emergence of basic cognitive functions during infancy, enabling all the highly sophisticated processes that we see later on. She is particularly interested in the impact of environmental risk factors during this critical early period, which is what lead to her current research project. She is working towards completion of her PhD as part of the Brain Imaging for Global Health (BRIGHT) project, in which they longitudinally map neurocognitive development in infants from birth to two years of life in both the UK and The Gambia, West Africa. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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