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Origins of Infant Temperament



This project aims to examine the neurodevelopmental origins of risk for anxiety. Infant temperaments characterized by fear of novelty are among the best early predictors of who is likely to develop anxiety later in life. To understand the neural origins of risk for anxiety, we are studying the relation between brain development and early temperament. To do so, we are recruiting infants from 0-4 months of age, evaluating infant temperament with behavioral assessments, and using MRI and EEG to measure brain development. Together, we anticipate that this work will help us to understand brain development in those at high risk for developing anxiety.

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