Increasing diversity in developmental cognitive neuroscience: A roadmap for increasing representation in pediatric neuroimaging research

Luz M. Garcini, Maria M. Arredondo*, Obianuju Berry, Jessica A. Church, Stephanie Fryberg, Moriah E. Thomason, Katie A. McLaughlin

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Abstract

Understanding of human brain development has advanced rapidly as the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience (DCN) has matured into an established scientific discipline. Despite substantial progress, DCN lags behind other related disciplines in terms of diverse representation, standardized reporting requirements for socio-demographic characteristics of participants in pediatric neuroimaging studies, and use of intentional sampling strategies to more accurately represent the socio-demographic, ethnic, and racial composition of the populations from which participants are sampled. Additional efforts are needed to shift DCN towards a more inclusive field that facilitates the study of individual differences across a variety of cultural and contextual experiences. In this commentary, we outline and discuss barriers within our current scientific practice (e.g., research methods) and beliefs (i.e., what constitutes good science, good scientists, and good research questions) that contribute to under-representation and limited diversity within pediatric neuroimaging studies and propose strategies to overcome those barriers. We discuss strategies to address barriers at intrapersonal, interpersonal, community, systemic, and structural levels. Highlighting strength-based models of inclusion and recognition of the value of diversity in DCN research, along with acknowledgement of the support needed to diversify the field is critical for advancing understanding of neurodevelopment and reducing health inequities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101167
JournalDevelopmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Volume58
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Context
  • Culture
  • Diversity
  • Inequities
  • Neuroimaging
  • Representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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