Overview

The Vanderwal Lab uses movies to study complex patterns of brain function in child psychiatric disorders. Using movies helps us study children who have a hard time staying still inside the MRI machine. The movies also enable us to study the brain as it processes complex, dynamic streams of information like it does in real life. This approach is similar to having a patient run on a treadmill while studying that person's heart function. We design and test movies to evoke specific symptoms or types of cognitive processes, and are developing novel analyses to leverage the unique kind of data we acquire using movies in functional MRI.

Publications

The functional brain organization of an individual allows prediction of measures of social abilities trans-diagnostically in autism and attention/deficit and hyperactivity disorder
Biological Psychiatry
Evelyn MR. Lake and Emily S. Finn and Stephanie M. Noble and Tamara Vanderwal and Xilin Shen and Monica D. Rosenberg and Marisa N. Spann and Marvin M. Chun and Dustin Scheinost and R Todd Constable
DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2019.02.019
03/2019

Shared understanding of narratives is correlated with shared neural responses
NeuroImage
Mai Nguyen and Tamara Vanderwal and Uri Hasson
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.09.010
01/2019

Movies in the magnet: Naturalistic paradigms in developmental functional neuroimaging
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Tamara Vanderwal and Jeffrey Eilbott and F. Xavier Castellanos
DOI: 10.1016/j.dcn.2018.10.004
11/2018

The Variability of Neural Responses to Naturalistic Videos Change with Age and Sex
eneuro
Agustin Petroni and Samantha S. Cohen and Lei Ai and Nicolas Langer and Simon Henin and Tamara Vanderwal and Michael P. Milham and Lucas C. Parra
DOI: 10.1523/eneuro.0244-17.2017
2018

The Variability of Neural Responses to Naturalistic Videos Change with Age and Sex
eneuro
Agustin Petroni and Samantha S. Cohen and Lei Ai and Nicolas Langer and Simon Henin and Tamara Vanderwal and Michael P. Milham and Lucas C. Parra
DOI: 10.1523/ENEURO.0244-17.2017
2018

Individual differences in functional connectivity during naturalistic viewing conditions
NeuroImage
Tamara Vanderwal and Jeffrey Eilbott and Emily S. Finn and R. Cameron Craddock and Adam Turnbull and F. Xavier Castellanos
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.06.027
08/2017

The Healthy Brain Network Serial Scanning Initiative: a resource for evaluating inter-individual differences and their reliabilities across scan conditions and sessions
GigaScience
David O’Connor and Natan Vega Potler and Meagan Kovacs and Ting Xu and Lei Ai and John Pellman and Tamara Vanderwal and Lucas C. Parra and Samantha Cohen and Satrajit Ghosh and Jasmine Escalera and Natalie Grant-Villegas and Yael Osman and Anastasia Bui and R. Cameron Craddock and Michael P. Milham
DOI: 10.1093/gigascience/giw011
01/2017

Shared understanding is correlated with shared neural responses in the default mode network
bioRxiv
Nguyen, Mai and Vanderwal, Tamara and Hasson, Uri
DOI: 10.1101/231019
2017

Polypharmacy in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: More Than the Sum of Its Parts?
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Tamara Vanderwal
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2016.04.021
08/2016

Inscapes: A movie paradigm to improve compliance in functional magnetic resonance imaging
NeuroImage
Tamara Vanderwal and Clare Kelly and Jeffrey Eilbott and Linda C. Mayes and F. Xavier Castellanos
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.07.069
11/2015

Of Bandwagons and Bathwater: The Value of Resting State Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Child Psychiatric Research
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Tamara Vanderwal and Clare Kelly and F. Xavier Castellanos
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2013.03.004
06/2013

Self, mother and abstract other: An fMRI study of reflective social processing
NeuroImage
Tamara Vanderwal and Elinora Hunyadi and Daniel W. Grupe and Caitlin M. Connors and Robert T. Schultz
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2008.03.058
07/2008

Research
Grants

"Brain Mapping of Discrete Developmental Periods", American Psychiatric Association/Lilly Psychiatric Research Fellowship

“The use of movies to assay brain network dynamics in ADHD”, Klingenstein Family Foundation

"Intrinsic Connectivity Networks in Young Children", American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

"Developmental Trajectories of Intrinsic Functional Connectivity", Allison Family Foundation

Honours & Awards

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Junior Investigator Award

Resident Teaching Award, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

Contributing Editor (2014-2017), The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Yale Psychiatry Research Scholar, Yale School of Medicine