International Centre for Research in Human Development

The Centre conducts interdisciplinary research of the nature and mechanisms of cognitive processes as a resource for innovative development.

Areas of Research

  • Genetically informative studies of child development;
  • Genetic and environmental factors in human development;
  • Child development and personalized approaches to learning.

The Centre uses methods of various sciences: experimental and cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neurophysiology, genetically informative studies (twin method and other family studies, molecular genetics, bioinformatics).

The International Centre for Research in Human Development is a member of the International Network for Research in Child Health and Development (INRiCHD).

Научный коллектив выражает благодарность Российскому научному фонду, при финансовой поддержке которого написана и издана книга "Геномика поведения: детское развитие и образование". 

Полный текст книги на русском языке (скачать бесплатно).




Mission of the Centre

The mission of the Centre is to generate and implement new knowledge about human development that will lead to improvement in quality of life and well-being of people at all stages of their life.
Our aims are to generate new fundamental knowledge through interdisciplinary research and to implement this knowledge in such areas of human life as education, health, career and professional activity, including in extreme circumstances.
We use an interdisciplinary approach, utilising methods of psychology, education, linguistics, genetics, bioinformatics, neuroscience, medicine and ethics – to improve our ability to support positive development in different contexts and throughout the life course.

Objectives

  • to generate knowledge needed for improvement in peoples’ quality of life and well-being;
  • to provide insight into processes of human development from childhood to adulthood;
  • to provide insight into aetiology of cognitive, motivational, emotional and physical aspects of human development;
  • to study cognitive processes that underlie human intellectual functioning in the modern technologically oriented society;
  • to study mutual influences of cognitive and linguistic mechanisms in the process of human development affected by various social factors;
  • to pursue knowledge that has direct relevance for policies, programs and practices of child education as well as continuous education;
  • to contribute to advancing knowledge about the earliest stages of child development;
  • to work on applying this knowledge to shaping policies and interventions that ensure a strong start in life for all children;
  • to promote knowledge dissemination on human development;
  • to consolidate the scientific community working in this very important field.
Codirectors of the Centre

Yulia Kovas, Professor, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Sergey Malykh, Professor, Russian Academy of Education

Centre Scientific Council

Robert Plomin (UK), Richard Tremblay (Canada), Stephen Petrill (US), Xinlin Zhou (China), Andrej A. Kibrik (Russia), Sergey N. Orlov (Russia)

Centre Board of Directors

Eduard V. Galazhinskiy (Russia), Michel Boivin (Canada), Gordon Harold (UK), Dmitry Y. Balanev (Russia), Zoya I. Rezanova (Russia)

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MSc Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology – A unique interdisciplinary MSc programme.

Structure of the Centre of Excellence 

  • Institute of Genetic, Neurobiological and Social Foundations of Child Development

The aim of the Institute is to facilitate and ensure high level of educational and scien­tific activity in the field of genetic, neuro­biological and social foundations of child development.
Institute is part of the International Network for Research in Child Health Devel­opment (INRiCHD).

The Institute includes two units:

   1. Laboratory for Investigations into Biopsy­chosocial Factors in Child Development
The aim of the Laboratory is to conduct re­search into biopsychosocial factors for early childhood development. Sci­entists from Russia, the UK and Canada contribute to the Laboratory’s research.
Main research areas:
– Genetically informative study into early child­hood development.
– The study uses the unique method of com­paring groups of children and parents with varying degrees of genetic relatedness resulting from IVF (in-vitro fertilization). The longitu­dinal study begins in pregnancy and continues to school age. The study will examine the relative contribution of genetic, pre- and postnatal fac­tors in different aspects of child development (health, social and cogni­tive development, educa­tion, etc.).

   2. Centre for Programme Evaluation and Knowledge Dissemination in Child Development
The aims of the Centre are to evaluate and implement research based interventions and programmes for early child development; as well as to disseminate knowledge on early childhood development.
Main projects:
– Development and support for the Russian version of Encyclopedia on Early Child­hood Development – an international and interdisciplinary on-line resource in the field of child development for parents, teachers and educational policy makers: http://www.encyclopedia-deti.com/.
– Evaluation and implementation of educa­tional programs, methods and approaches to early childhood development.
– Coordination of the activities of the Council on Ethical, Societal and Legal Implications of Genetic Research in Child Development and Education.

  • International Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics

The focus of research is the nature and mechanisms of cognitive processes as resources for innovative development. This research is interdisciplinary and is a joint effort of psychologists, quantitative and molecular geneticists, mathematicians, and other experts of Russia and the UK. 
The research is based on: 
– Establishment of the Russian School Twin Registry (RSTR);
– Behavioural Genetic investigation of mathematical abilities and cognitive characteristics;
– Cross-cultural investigation of mathematical abilities and cognitive characteristics;
– Molecular genetic and genome investigation of cognitive characteristics of learners with different levels of mathematical abilities.
The Laboratory has been established at Tomsk State University when the TSU has been awarded a Megagrant from the Government of the Russian Federation in 2012 (Governmental Resolution #220).  
  • Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language
The Laboratory’s studies are interdisciplinary and bring together the efforts of specialists working in the field of cognitive science, psycholinguistics, experimental and corpus linguistics, natural language automatic processing, and language mathematical modeling.
The aims of the Laboratory:
– The study of mutual influences of linguistic and cognitive mechanisms on the processes of generation and perception of speech in native and second language; and creation of mathematical models for processing of language units and texts;
– Understanding the processes of interference at different stages of speech ability and masteryof native and foreign language helps to optimize processes of language education and communication practices in socially important areas;
– Mathematical modeling for cognitive processes in the processing of language stimuli is the basis for improvement of text arrays automatic processing systems.


  • Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations in Space Exploration
The main objectives:
– Cognitive, physiological and pedagogical reserach to gain knowledge in order to train people to work in space;
– Development of basic skills necessary for effective preparation of humans foroperator performance under the conditions of space flight;
– Development of criteria for th effectiveness of multi-integrated selection of astronauts in groups for flight training;
– Development of astronaut training methods as well as trainers for the implementation of this goal;
– Diversification of technologies designed to provide cognitive support for the space industry in order to transfer them to other spheres of human activity under extreme conditions.

Managing Director of the Centre

Daria M. Matsepuro

Science project manager of the Centre

Alexey A. Miklashevsky

Master’s programmes

MSс Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience And Psychology


Subject Area: Interdisciplinary

Faculty: International Centre for Research in Human Development, Psychology

Qualification: MSc in Psychology

Site: http://www.icrhd.tsu.ru/

Programme Director: Professor Yulia Kovas (y.kovas@gold.ac.uk)

Deputy Programme Director: Dr. Olga Yevgenyevna Bogdanova  (coglabtsu@mail.ru)

Programme language: English

Modes and duration:

Full-time: 2 years

Campus based (intensive 2-week study/assessment sessions in September, December, February and  June in Year 1 & September, December & February in Year 2) + Distance learning elements, supported by  TSU Virtual Learning Environment - MOODLE

Compulsory and Elective Modules

Individual study trajectories through interest-based electives, specialization and research projects

Different Tracks:

General

Early Child Development

Genetics, Bioinformatics and Neuroscience

Personalised Education: Diagnostics, Prevention, Correction, Talent and Creativity Fostering

Contact us

MSc Programme Manager – Maxim Likhanov (mschd_info@mail.ru

Address:

634050, Tomsk, Tomsk State University

8, Moskovskiy Trakt, 4 th building TSU.

International Centre for Research in Human Development

Phone: +7(3822) 786-050

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Laboratories

Centre for Programme Evaluation and Knowledge Dissemination in Child Development
Head
Richard Tremblay
The aims of the Centre are to evaluate and implement research based interventions and programmes for early child development; as well as to disseminate knowledge on early childhood development.
Institute of Genetic, Neurobiological and Social Foundations of Child Development
Head
Yulia Kovas, Olga Bogdanova

The Institute was established in 2014 and is part of the International Network for Research in Child Health and Development - INRiCHD.

The Institute includes:

– Laboratory for Investigations into Biopsy­chosocial Factors in Child Development

– Centre for Programme Evaluation and Knowledge Dissemination in Child Development

The aim of the Institute is to facilitate and ensure high level of educational and scien­tific activity in the field of genetic, neuro­biological and social foundations of child development. 

International Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics
Head
Yulia V. Kovas
Project
Education optimization by comprehension of genic and environmental interaction forming the basis for personal equations in cognitions, motivation and emotions associated with education
Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations in Space Exploration
Head
Dmitry Yu. Balanev
Project
Psychological and physiological basis for basic skills formation and proficiency training of operator performance in human space flight
Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language
Head
Zoya I. Rezanova
Project
Experimental study of forms and modes of mutual influence in language and cognition
Laboratory for Investigations into Biopsychosocial Factors in Child Development
Head
Michel Boivin
Project
Biopsychological and social factors of child development: large-scale cohort longitudinal study

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Contacts

  • +7 (3822) 786 050
  • icrhd@mail.ru
  • 634050, Russia, Tomsk,Moskovskiy trakt, 8