About this Research Topic
There are several objectives of this Research Topic: 1) provide an opportunity for an open discussion about the lack of diverse representation in existing human neuroscience data; 2) use emerging data to highlight the potential impact of gender, race, socioeconomic status, culture, and adversity on human neuroscience research; 2) discuss goals and strategies that neuroscientists can implement going forward to enhance the inclusion of diversity factors in their research.
The NIH requires clinical researchers to report gender, race, and ethnicity statistics of subjects to ensure inclusion of underrepresented groups. Nonetheless, these groups remain hugely underrepresented in neuroscience research. Given the recent broadening of the NIH definition of clinical research, it seems more timely than ever to discuss the manner in which we consider diversity of our research subjects and its influence on our research outcomes.
Neuroscientists are becoming more diverse and perhaps related to this change, the interest in the impact of demographic variables on research outcomes across sub disciplines (i.e. human, animal models, etc.) is growing. This Research Topic should be broadly appealing both for its diversity theme and its diverse editorial panel.
Keywords: Aging, cognition, development, neuroimaging, diversity, individual differences
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