We can’t wait for #Flux2023! To help us prepare for the conference, we are fortunate that many of our amazing speakers provided us with some details about upcoming presentations. One symposium, led by Chiara Bulgarelli, is below. We have many other posts on the way, so please keep an eye out on our blog for more symposia previews! Share your excitement for these symposia using #Flux2023 on social media!

Thursday, September 7th, 3:15pm – 4:30pm

Organizer and Chair:
Chiara Bulgarelli, Birkbeck College, University of London

Sam Wass, University of East London
Leaving the baby in the bathwater: Understanding real-world attention development using naturalistic dual EEG recordings of caregiver-child interactions
Chiara Bulgarelli, Birkbeck College, University of London
Investigating social preference of toddlers by using wearable fNIRS in an immersive virtual reality set-up
Tessa George, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Illuminating brain function underlying gross motor imitation with high-density diffuse optical tomography (HD-DOT)
Ahmad Samara, University of British Columbia
Gradients go to the movies: Macroscale cortical organization during naturalistic viewing in children and adolescents


Written by Chiara Bulgarelli

Traditional assessments of children’s social brain functions (i.e. repeated stimuli on a screen) do not represent the complexity of social interactions, and might evoke impoverished responses. Recent advances in technology allowed testing infants and children during more naturalistic conditions, meeting the need for more dynamic and ecologically valid studies. Prof. Wass, Dr. Bulgarelli, Ms. George, Dr.Samara will showcase some of the most recent and innovative developmental studies in naturalistic neuroscience. Interest in naturalistic neuroscience in developmental psychology is growing rapidly, therefore this will be of interest of broad range of Flux  attendees, informing future directions for the field.