Welcome to the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, directed by Dr. Anthony Dick. The laboratory conducts leading research on how children’s brains develop as they learn language and problem solving skills. We use safe and non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to learn about brain development. Our research is supported by active grants from the NIH (R01MH112588; R01DK119814; R56MH108616; U01DA041156) and from the National Science Foundation (NSF1806045), and our findings are published in major scientific journals and help to inform educational and mental health policy. Please use the links above to navigate the site!


The DCN Lab is part of the landmark ABCD study, a multi-site study of brain and cognitive development in adolescents. More information is here!

The DCN Lab has been awarded two R01s with Dr. Paulo Graziano of the S.E.L.F-Regulation Lab) to conduct an extensive neuroimaging study of young children with ADHD! More information is here!
The DCN Lab, with Dr. Jon Comer and the MINT Lab, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation! More information is here!


The new book, with Dr. Ulrich Müller, is an advanced graduate text for students in developmental science.

Recent Publications (last five years)

Roles: * Undergraduate student; ** Graduate student; ^ Post-Bac


52. Dick, A. S., & Müller, U. Eds. (2018). Advancing developmental science: Philosophy, theory, and method. New York and London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

BioRxiv/PsyArXiv Preprints/Under Review

51. Garcia, A., Dick, A. S., & Graziano, P. (2019). Examining emotion dysregulation in young children with and without ADHD: A transdiagnostic approach.

50. Hermanson, S., Garcia, C., & Dick, A. S. (2019). Development of eye morphology relevant to gaze-cuing in the human infant.

Published Peer Reviewed Articles, Chapters, and Other Formats

49. *Waller, R., *Hawes, S.W., Byrd, A.L., Dick, A.S., Sutherland, M.T., Riedel, M.C., Tobia, M.J., Bottenhorn, K.L., Laird, A.R., & Gonzalez, R. (2020). Conduct problems, callous-unemotional traits, and regional gray matter volume in the ABCD study. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.
*authors contributed equally to this manuscript

48. Dajani, D. R., Odriozola, P., Winters, M., Voorhies, W., Marcano, S., Baez, A., Gates, K. M., Dick, A. S., & Uddin, L. Q. (2020). Cognitive flexibility: From task validity to individual connectome mapping. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

47. Lee, J. C., Dick, A. S., & Tomblin, J. B. (2020). Altered brain structures in the dorsal and ventral language pathways in individuals with and without Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Brain Imaging and Behavior.

46. Hagler, D., Hatton, S. N., Makowski, C., Cornejo, D., Fair, D. A., Dick, A. S., Sutherland, M. T., Casey, B. J., Barch, D. M. et al., (2019). Image processing and analysis methods for the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. NeuroImage.

45. Sibley, M., Ortiz, M., Graziano, P., Dick, A., S., & Estrada, E. (2019). Metacognitive and motivation deficits, exposure to trauma, and high parental demands characterize adolescents with late-onset ADHD. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

44. Dick, A. S., Garcia, N. L.**, Pruden, S. M., Thompson, W. K., Hawes, S. W., Sutherland, M., Riedel, M., Laird, A., & Gonzalez, R. (2019). No evidence for a bilingual executive function advantage in the ABCD study. Nature Human Behavior, 3, 692-701. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-019-0609-3 https://psyarxiv.com/gjh95

43. Nomi, J. S., Marshall, E., Zaidel, E., Biswal, B., Castellanos, F. X., Dick, A. S., Uddin, L. Q., & Mooshagian, E. (2019). Diffusion-weighted imaging evidence of extra-callosal pathways for interhemispheric communication after complete commissurotomy. Brain Structure and Function, 224, 1897-1909.

42. Broce, I.**, Bernal, B., Altman, N., Bradley, C., Baez, N., Cabrera, L., Hernandez, G., De Feria, A., & Dick, A. S. (2019). Fiber pathways supporting early literacy development in 5-8-year-old children. Brain and Cognition, 134, 80-89. (PDF)

41. Dick, A.S., Garic, D.**, Graziano, P., & Tremblay, P. (2019). The frontal aslant tract (FAT) and its role in speech, language, and executive function. Cortex, 111, 148-163. [IF: 4.31; Cited: 4] https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/01/22/249912 and https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2018.10.015

40. Garic, D.**, Broce, I.**, Graziano, P., Mattfeld, A. & Dick, A. S. (2019). Laterality of the frontal aslant tract (FAT) explains externalizing behaviors through its association with executive function. Developmental Science, 22, e12744.

39. Tremblay, P. T., Perron, M., Deschamps, I., Kennedy-Higgins, D., Houde, J-C., Dick, A. S., & Descoteaux, M. (2019). A diffusion MRI study on the role of the arcuate and middle longitudinal fasciculi in the aging of speech perception in noise. Human Brain Mapping.

38. Comer, J. S., del Busto, C., Dick, A. S., Furr, J. M., & Puliafico, A. C. (2019). Adapting PCIT to treat anxiety problems in young children: The CALM Program. In L. Niec (Ed.), Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Innovations and applications for research and practice. New York: Springer.

37. Tremblay, P., Deschamps, I., & Dick, A. S. (2019). Neurocognitive organization of articulatory and motor processes in speech. In M. Miozzo, G. de Zubicaray, & S. Schiller (Eds.). Oxford handbook of neurolinguistics. Oxford University Press.

36. Nazareth, A.**, Dick, A. S., Killick, R., & Pruden, S. (2018). Strategy selection versus flexibility: Using eye-trackers to investigate strategy use during mental rotation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 45, 232-245.

35. Casey, B.J., Cannonier, T., Conley, M., Cohen, A. O., Barch, D., Heitzig, M., Soules, M., Teslovich, T., Dellarco, D., Garavan, H., Orr, C., Wager, T., Banich, M., Speer, N., Sutherland, M., Riedel, M. C., Dick, A. S., Bjork, J., Burgess, G. C., Thomas, K. M., Charaani, B., Mejia, M. H., Hagler, D., Sicat, C. S., Harms, M., Dosenbach, N., Earl, E., Bartsch, H., Watts, R., Polimeni, J., Kuperman, J., Fair, D., & Dale, A. and the ABCD Imaging Acquisition Workgroup (2018). The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study: Functional imaging acquisition across sites. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 32, 43-54.

34. Nomi, J.S., Schettini, E., Broce, I.**, Dick, A. S., Uddin, L. Q. (2018). Structural connections of functionally-defined human insular subdivisions. Cerebral Cortex, 28, 3445-3456.

33. Dick, A. S., & Tremblay, P. (2018). Broca and Wernicke are dead: The new neurobiology of language. Psychology Review, 23, 18-21.

32. Dick, A. S. (2018). The ontogenesis of neural networks from a network science perspective. In A. S. Dick & U. Müller (Eds.) Advancing developmental science: Philosophy, theory, and method (pp. 65-78). New York and London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

31. Dick, A. S., & Müller, U. (2018). Introduction: Advancing developmental science: Philosophy, theory, and Method. In A. S. Dick & U. Müller (Eds.) Advancing developmental science: Philosophy, theory, and method (pp. 1-12). New York and London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

30. Tremblay, P. & Dick, A.S. (2017) Language and the brain: what we have learned from 30 years of brain imaging. Contact Magazine, the official newsletter of the Teachers of English as a Second Language of Ontario.

29. Vias, C., & Dick, A. S. (2017). Cerebellar contributions to language in typical and atypical development: A review. Developmental Neuropsychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/87565641.2017.1334783 (PDF)

28. Tremblay, P., & Dick, A. S. (2016). Broca and Wernicke are dead: Or, moving past the Classic Model of language neurobiology. Brain and Language, 162, 60-71. (PDF)

27. Dick, A. S., & Broce, I. (2016). The neurobiology of gesture and its development. In G. Hickok and S. L. Small (Eds.) Neurobiology of language (pp. 389-398). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

26. Broce, I., Bernal, B., Altman, N., Tremblay, P., & Dick, A. S. (2015). Fiber tracking of the frontal aslant tract and subcomponents of the arcuate fasciculus in 5-8-year-olds. Brain and Language, 149, 66-76.(PDF) (Supplemental Materials)

25. Riedel, M., Ray, K. L., Dick, A. S., Sutherland, M. T., Hernandez, Z., Fox, P. M., Eickhoff, S. B., Fox, P. T., & Laird, A. R. (2015). Meta-analytic connectivity and behavioral parcellation of the human cerebellum. NeuroImage, 117, 327-342. (PDF)

24. Dick, A. S., & Small, S. L. (2015). Structural and functional components of brain networks for language. In A. Toga (Ed.) Brain mapping: An encyclopedic reference (pp. 653-659). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

23. Hasson, U., Llano, D., Miceli, G., & Dick, A. S. (2014). Does it talk the talk? On the role of basal ganglia in emotive speech processing. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Commentary), 37, 556-557.

22. Dick, A. S., Bernal, B., & Tremblay, P. (2014). The language connectome: New pathways, new concepts. The Neuroscientist, 20, 453-467.(PDF)(Corrigendum for Figure 1)

21. Dick, A. S. (2014). The development of cognitive flexibility beyond the preschool period: An investigation using a modified Flexible Item Selection Task (FIST). Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 125, 13-34. (PDF) (Stimuli used in study)

20. Dick, A. S., Mok, E., Raja Beharelle, A., Goldin-Meadow, S., & Small, S. L. (2014). Frontal and temporal contributions to understanding the iconic co-speech gestures that accompany speech. Human Brain Mapping, 35, 900-917.(PDF) (Supplemental Materials)

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