The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Lab is based at the School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire in Preston.The School of Psychology is supported by state-of-the-art facilities including a Child Observation Suite  and other facilities such as Tobii and Eye link 1000 eye trackers, electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).

Research in the DCN Lab consists of a Social and Affective Neuroscience research stream and a Cognitive Neuroscience research stream.

The Social and Affective Neuroscience research programme is focused on emotion and reward processing in children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders. An important focus of our research is emotion processing and the neurobiological processes underlying social information processing in childhood and adolescence loneliness.

The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience research programme is focused on the development and use of language and nonverbal communication in children. Research in our lab investigates how speeah and gesture come together to form language during development and how multimodal interaction advances our understanding of congition and language. We are also interested in the development of implicit learning and second language learning in children.

Our ultimate aim is to utilise this knowledge to inform preventive intervention and promote positive developmental outcomes in children and young people. Our research has implications for clinical and educational settings.

You can find out more in a short video about our lab.