BNU Cognitive Neuroscience and State Key Laboratory is Recognized at the Eleventh Five-Year National Key Science and Technology Exhibition
Directed by Professor Qi Dong and Professor Chongde Lin of the BNU Cognitive Neuroscience and State Key Laboratory, the research effort, "Survey, Standards, and Database for the Psychological Development of Chinese Children and Adolescents, aged 6 to 15," appeared as a science and technology key effort in the Eleventh five-Year National Key Science and Technology Exhibition. The work was completed by BNU in cooperation with 52 research institutions. It was introduced to the public on March 6, 2011, at the China National Convention Center. This program, the only winner in psychology in the exhibition, is the evidence of BNU’s strength in psychological research in China.
Dealing with surveys, standards, and a database of the psychological development of Chinese children and adolescents, the work has led to several cutting-edge efforts in psychology and applied psychology research. Among the accomplishments of the award-winning research is a creditable standardized testing tool for children's and adolescents' psychological development, for which BNU owns the intellectual property rights. The tool fills a gap in array of standardized testing tools in China and is helping China to convert across the board to application of the independent testing tool. This marks the introduction of a norm for assessing the psychological development of Chinese children and adolescents (ages 6 to 15), based on data from a nationwide sampling of 31 provinces and autonomous regions. The work also solves the problem of poor representation existing in Chinese Psychology studies and promotes the application of scientific standards to related research, basic education, and clinical screening.
Adopting standardized procedures for strict quality control, researchers have built a shared database on the psychological development of Chinese young people, with 8,520 million pieces of data, having collected the data from 95,675 children, adolescents, and their supporters by means of 13,476 assessments. The research has produced a model for psychological assessment and statistical methods and the technology for test equalization. It also fills a gap in the national bank of shared data in psychology, eliminates some of the duplication of data resources and inefficient and wasteful situations, and enriches the existing database by providing extensions, amendments, the means to track data, and the means to compare data.
The effort has piqued the interest of the NPC, the CPPCC, scientific researchers, and the public, who anticipate the further application of the work and who expect the standardized measurement of Chinese children's and adolescents' psychological development, as well as national norms, to be applied more broadly in national education and medical practices, and who expect the results of the work to become the critical method for recognizing issues in the psychological development of children and adolescents. In sum, the work will contribute to the healthy development of China’s children and adolescents.