Psychiatric disorders are increasingly conceptualized as neurodevelopmental in origin, and have motivated large-scale studies of brain development using non-invasive neuroimaging. Such research provides rich opportunities for providing new insights regarding both normal and abnormal brain development, but also poses unique challenges. Here I will review recent progress in defining the normal development of brain networks, and present data regarding how abnormal network development is associated with dimensions of psychopathology. Furthermore, I will highlight key challenges, including individual variability, data dimensionality, data quality, and reproducibility.
Dr. Satterthwaite is an associate professor of Psychiatry and the University of Pennsylvania.
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