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I completed my clinical training for Doctor of Medicine in Psychiatry in 2013 at Zhejiang University, China.

In 2014, I completed my PhD in Brain and Cognitive Science, which I started towards the end of my medical doctor training in 2012.

Following a 2-years postdoctoral position in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, I was awarded a prestigious 3-years Macquarie University Research Fellow in 2016, under which I have been conducting and developing research in developmental cognitive neuroscience.

My current research explores the neural foundations of brain development in early childhood.

I have the expertise in functional neuroimaging (e.g., Magnetoencephalography - MEG) and electrophysiology (e.g., Electroencephalography - EEG), structural neuroimaging (e.g., Magnetic resonance imaging -MRI) and behavioural psychophysiological approach (e.g., eye tracking).

I aim to answer research questions as to how children learn and predict the world through visual and auditory processing, and how the functional brain network evolves during typical brain development.

To address these questions, I use advanced computational modelling, network and graph theoretical analyses on neuroimaging data, in collaboration with world-leading scientists across physics, mathematics, linguistics, cognitive sciences, and medicine.

Finally, I am also very interested in translating my research into the real-world, communicating the results of my research to the public, and educating the next generation of young scholars with the programming and research skills I have developed over the years.


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Research Outputs

Increased segregation of functional networks in developing brains

He, W., Sowman, P. F., Brock, J., Etchell, A. C., Stam, C. J. & Hillebrand, A., 15 Oct 2019, In : NeuroImage. 200, p. 607-620 14 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Individual differences in motor development during early childhood: an MEG study

    Johnson, B., Jobst, C., Al-Loos, R., He, W. & Cheyne, D., 23 Dec 2019, In : Developmental Science. 15 p., e12935.

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  • Studying brain function in children using magnetoencephalography

    Rapaport, H., Seymour, R. A., Sowman, P. F., Benikos, N., Stylianou, E., Johnson, B. W., Crain, S. & He, W., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE. 146, p. 1-7 7 p., e58909.

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    Development of face recognition: Dynamic causal modelling of MEG data

    He, W. & Johnson, B. W., 1 Apr 2018, In : Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 30, p. 13-22 10 p.

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