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Mirella Dapretto


Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center
660 Charles Young Dr. So.
Los Angeles, California 90095


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My main research interests focus on the neural representation of language and social cognition. Using neuroimaging techniques (functional MRI, and, more recently, structural MRI and event related potentials, ERP), my research seeks to (1) delineate how brain maturation and the development of language and social cognition co-occur in the typically developing brain, (2) qualify the patterns of brain dysfunction in developmental disorders such as autism, childhood onset schizophrenia, and dyslexia, and (3) examine the neural basis of linguistic and communicative functions in the adult brain since studies on adults provide a normative developmental endpoint for our developmental investigations and can also address issues of brain plasticity.

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