Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Bruce McCandliss, Ph.D.

Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair and Professor of Psychology and Human Development; Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Science

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Bruce McCandliss, Ph.D.


McCandliss studies developmental cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on questions of how the neural substrates of several cognitive abilities change via learning and education. His laboratory employs several diverse techniques to investigate cognitive change across development and learning, including training studies in adults and children, longitudinal research in school-age children, naturalistic school-based studies, and observational and intervention studies. Changes in neural structure and function are measured primarily through functional magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion tensor imaging analysis of white matter tract structures, and high-density EEG recordings. Cognitive domains of central interest include reading/language development, numerical/mathematical cognitive development, and domain-general attention abilities.


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Bruce McCandliss, Ph.D. is recruiting participants for research studies (4/17/201)

Much of the research completed at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is made possible by the generous contributions of the people and families who participate in research studies. This researcher needs research subjects to complete the studies listed below.

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