Welcome to the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at 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 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!


Our new graduate developmental science text is out (with Ulrich Müller). Order it here!





The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, in collaboration with the S.E.L.F-Regulation Lab (directed by Dr. Paulo Graziano), has been awarded two grants from the NIMH (1R01MH112588-01A1 and 1R56MH108616-01A1) to conduct a large scale neuroimaging study investigating the neurobiology of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in very young children. More details to come!


The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and colleagues at FIU are taking part in a landmark study of brain development, the NIDA funded Adolescent Brain and  Cognitive Development study. Click here for more information!


Florida International University has a new research-dedicated MRI magnet!! Click here for the full story!

Recent Publications (last three years)


Dick, A. S., & Müller, U. Eds. (in press). Advancing developmental science: Philosophy, theory, and method. London: Routledge; Taylor and Francis Group.

BioRxiv Preprints (Not Yet Peer Reviewed)

Garic, D., Broce, I., Graziano, P., Mattfeld, A. & Dick, A. S. (2017). Laterality of the frontal aslant tract (FAT) explains externalizing behaviors through its association with executive function. http://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/07/12/162495

Peer Reviewed Publications and Non-Peer Reviewed Chapters

Nomi, J.S., Schettini, E., Broce, I., Dick, A. S., Uddin, L. Q. (in press). Structural connections of functionally-defined human insular subdivisions. Cerebral Cortex.

Comer, J. S., del Busto, C., Dick, A. S., Furr, J. M., & Puliafico, A. C. (in press). 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.

Dick, A. S., & Tremblay, P. (in press). Broca and Wernicke are dead: The new neurobiology of language. Psychology Review.

Dick, A. S., & Müller, U. (in press). Introduction: Advancing developmental science: Philosophy, theory, and Method. In A. S. Dick & U. Müller (Eds.) Advancing developmental science: Philosophy, theory, and method. London: Routledge; Taylor and Francis Group.

Dick, A. S. (in press). The ontogenesis of neural networks from a network science perspective. In A. S. Dick & U. Müller (Eds.) Advancing developmental science: Philosophy, theory, and method. London: Routledge; Taylor and Francis Group.

Tremblay, P., Deschamps, I., & Dick, A. S. (in press). 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.

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)

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)

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.

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)

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)

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.

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.

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)

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)

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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