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Habituation and Novelty Detection fNIRS brain responses in 5 and 8 month old infants: The Gambia and UK

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12817
Pages (from-to)e12817
JournalDevelopmental Science
Issue number5
E-pub ahead of print16 Feb 2019

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The first 1000 days of life are a critical window of vulnerability to exposure to socio-economic and health challenges (i.e. poverty/undernutrition). The Brain Imaging for Global Health (BRIGHT) project has been established to deliver longitudinal measures of brain development from 0-24 months in UK and Gambian infants and to assess the impact of early adversity. Here results from the Habituation-Novelty Detection functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) task at 5 and 8 months are presented (N = 62 UK; N = 115 Gambia). In the UK cohort distinct patterns of habituation and recovery of response to novelty are seen, becoming more robust from 5 to 8 months of age. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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