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Theta Study

While the neurocognitive profile of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) has been characterized, the underlying mechanisms that lead to these neurocognitive deficits are still poorly understood. One executive function impairment that has been noted in children with FASD is poor inhibitory functioning and is likely linked to secondary deficits such as increased rates of addictions, incarceration and susceptibility to other neuropsychiatric disorders. Therefore, being able to better understand the underlying brain mechanisms that lead to the impairments of executive functions in young children with FASD would serve to be an important guide to intervention approaches. The focus of this study is to do just that, by evaluating changes in brain function in typically developing children in relation to children of the same age with prenatal alcohol exposure using neuroimaging and neurocognitive assessments. 

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