Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience   |   814-863-5626  |  |


The LDN is directed by Dr. Suzy Scherf, Associate Professor of psychology at Penn State University.

We are interested in the typical and atypical development of face processing, particularly as it relates to adolescence and autism.

"My core interests lie in understanding how children and adolescents perceive and interpret social signals and how emerging functional specificity of the developing brain supports this process"

DASH is a project in the LDN funded by the NIMH. We use fMRI to investigate changes in the face processing system as kids and teens progress through puberty.

SAGA is a project in the LDN funded by the NIMH. We are developing an at-home video game as a social intervention for adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Feb 3, 2020

Dr Scherf and one of our staff members Maggie Benda recently published a database paper introducing a novel set of face stimuli. The manuscript was published in plos one and can be found  here

Congratulations on your first publication, Maggie!

Nov 8, 2019

Some members of our team got to participate in Radio Park Elementary STEM night, to teach the students a little bit about the brain. We had so much fun. thanks for having us, Radio Park!

Dr Scherf and one of our LDN Graduate Students Junqiang (Jacob) Dai recently published a comprehensive Meta-analysis examining the link between puberty and functional brain development. The paper was published in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and can be found here

Sept 10, 2019

Penn State News wrote an article about out this research that can be found here

Congratulations Jacob!!