Please join us at the Post Doc centre @Biomedical Campus for the second masterclass this year on ‘Modelling Changing brains and minds using network analysis and psychometrics’, which will be presented by Dr. Lizanne Schweren (Developmental Psychiatry) & Dr. Rogier Kievit (MRC CogniNon and Brain Sciences Unit).
Most of psychology and cognitive neuroscience is based on cross-sectional investigations. A key limitation of cross-sectional data is that associations between brain and behaviour may reflect a variety of underlying processes, which cannot be readily distinguished. The presenters of this masterclass will discuss two emerging techniques; network analysis and latent change models, that are instead tailored to the study of change over time. Psychopathology, such as depression or anxiety, is traditionally characterised as an underlying illness that causes symptoms. The first talk will explore how changing network parameters may underlie the onset of depression in adolescence, and how they may change again during successful psychotherapy treatment. The second talk will focus on a powerful class of structural equation models known as latent change score (LCS). They will discuss how these models can capture development of our cognitive abilities (in adolescence and early adulthood) and decline (in old age).
This week we also have Vincent from Inviata who will give a 5 min pitch before the talks, and you will be able to chat with him during the break!
All (Students, PIs, technicians etc.) are welcome, with free beer/wine and pizza. Hope to see you there!