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Podcast 72
Child Development and the Brain
Adele Diamond

Adele Diamond is the Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

Her specialty is the rigorous study of executive functions (EFs) in infants and children. She’s been doing that for 40 years. EFs include creative problem-solving, self-control, focused attention, and working memory. Adele studies how EFs are affected by biological factors (such as genes and neurochemistry) and by environmental ones (e.g., impaired by stress or improved by interventions).

Adele is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, was named one of the “2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century,” was listed as one of the 15 most influential neuroscientists alive today, and her impact was recently ranked among the top 0.01% of all scientists across all fields.