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Multi-user equipment approved in grant 2016/22455-8: EEG system 128 channel


The main objective of this Thematic Project is to deepen the knowledge on early childhood interventions and their effects on the trajectories of cognitive, social and emotional development until the school age. Special emphasis is given to the emergence of mental disorders as the primary phenotypic outcome. Therefore, we will test three early childhood intervention programs with different characteristics: a preschool curriculum to promote socio-emotional skills and to prevent behavioral problems, a home visitation program for pregnant adolescents highly vulnerable and their children during the first two years of life in order to develop parenting skills, and two therapeutic modalities for early intervention of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. We will investigate the effects of the programs over underlying biological measures of developmental trajectories, specifically electrophysiological patterns, brain structure, and activity. Thus, we will generate new data on how early childhood intervention programs impact the cognitive, social and emotional development and what are its effects on the prevention of mental disorders throughout childhood. Through these objectives, we will consolidate a platform for conducting randomized controlled trials in childhood mental health in our country and establish a developmental neuroscience laboratory to characterize the trajectory of brain development and the effects of early childhood interventions. (AU)

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