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2-108 - TAD Talks on Interdisciplinary Research

Fri, March 22, 11:45am to 12:45pm, Hilton Baltimore, Floor: Level 2, Holiday Ballroom

Session Type: Invited TAD Talk

Integrative Statement

Each day of the conference, around noon-time, there are a series of TADs: Talks about Development – three 15-minute talks that follow the plan of that day’s Invited Program theme. These plenary TED-type talks are unopposed in the day’s schedule allowing all of us to convene in the same place at the same time.

Thursday: Interdisciplinary Research
Friday: International Research
Saturday: Relevant (using research to improve the lives of children around the world)

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Individual Presentations


Dr Lloyd-Fox's research interests focus around the development and application of functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) to study mechanisms of cognitive development. The goals of her research programme are two-fold. Firstly, to provide insights into the development of early cognitive and neural mechanisms during infancy. Secondly, to understand how individual differences in neurodevelopmental trajectories associate with factors such as increased familial likelihood for developmental disorders (i.e. autism) and socio-economic challenges (i.e. poverty/undernutrition). She is also a Member of the Society for fNIRS - currently serving on the Education Committee - and has spent the last 14 years developing this technique for use with infants. Recently, she has been involved in promoting its use in low-income and/or field-based settings in Africa and Asia, such as on the BRIGHT project ( She is a Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London and recently became an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge.
Twitter: @foxtexel

Jens Ludwig is the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, and co-director of the Urban Education Lab. He helped found the Crime Lab 10 years ago to work closely with state and local government agencies to identify more effective (and humane) ways to prevent crime and violence, to reduce the harms of the criminal justice system, and address closely-related social problems such as high school dropout. Crime Lab projects have been published in leading peer-reviewed outlets like the Quarterly Journal of Economics and Science, have helped inform policy decisions in cities like Chicago and New York, and have been featured in news stories by national outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR and PBS News Hour. Ludwig is a member of the editorial board of the American Economic Review, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Neurobiological and Socio-behavioral Science of Adolescent Development and Its Applications, and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Piotr Winkielman (PhD 1997 Michigan) is professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego. He also holds a partial appointment at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland. His research concerns the relation between emotion, social cognition, embodiment, and consciousness. He explores these topics using psychological, physiological, and neuroscience approaches. Dr. Winkielman’s research has been supported by grants from NSF, NIMH, and NAAR. He is a fellow of APS and SPSP. He co-edited books Emotion and Consciousness and also Social Neuroscience. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. He was associate editor of Emotion, and also of Psychological Review.