The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study: Imaging acquisition across 21 sites

the ABCD Imaging Acquisition Workgroup

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The ABCD study is recruiting and following the brain development and health of over 10,000 9–10 year olds through adolescence. The imaging component of the study was developed by the ABCD Data Analysis and Informatics Center (DAIC) and the ABCD Imaging Acquisition Workgroup. Imaging methods and assessments were selected, optimized and harmonized across all 21 sites to measure brain structure and function relevant to adolescent development and addiction. This article provides an overview of the imaging procedures of the ABCD study, the basis for their selection and preliminary quality assurance and results that provide evidence for the feasibility and age-appropriateness of procedures and generalizability of findings to the existent literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-54
Number of pages12
JournalDevelopmental Cognitive Neuroscience
StatePublished - Aug 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by U24 DA041123 (BJC, MDC, ASD, HB, DJH, JMK, JRP, CSS), U01 DA041174 (BJC, TC, DVD, MIC, MR, TT, TDW), NSF National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (AOC), U01 DA041106 (MMH, MES), U01 DA041120 (MTB, DMB, JMB, MH, NUFD, NKS, KMT), U01 DA 041156 (ASD, MCR, ARL), K01 DA037819 (MTS) U01DA041148 (HG, RW) and U24 DA041147 (HG, MHM). Appendix A

Funding Information:
DMB consults for Amgen, Pfizer and Upsher-Smith on work related to psychosis, JMB receives project funding from Boehringer-Ingelheim. The authors report no other conflicts of interest specific to the materials presented in this article.

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  • Addiction
  • Adolescence
  • Development
  • Impulsivity
  • Memory
  • Reward


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