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Research Interests

In the C.A.P. Lab at Virginia Tech, we study multiple aspects of cognitive development, with an emphasis on individual differences in the development of short-term/working memory. In our research studies, we focus on attention, self-regulation, and temperament as the main sources of these individual differences. Our most current work is longitudinal in nature and examines the relations between cognition and affect (or emotion) across infancy and childhood. We are focusing on the observation of behaviors, as well as developmental psychophysiology, including the measurement of brain electrical activity (EEG) and heart rate activity (ECG). This work is funded by the National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R03-HD43057; R01-HD49878).

From 5-months to 12-years!

Current Projects

Cognition and emotion in middle childhood: Our longitudinal study of individual differences in cognition-emotion integration. Children are now 8-12 years old.

Cognition and emotion in adulthood: Our “Mom Study” with mothers of our longitudinal study children.

Preschool inhibitory control:  Alleyne’s thesis research with 4-year-old children.

Middle childhood episodic memory:  Tashauna’s thesis and dissertation research  with 6- to 11-year-old children.

Shyness in middle childhood:  Ran's thesis research with 6- and 9-year-old children.

Plus, our ongoing work on…

Infancy, toddlerhood, and early childhood:  Individual differences in cognition-emotion integration.     

Plus, our collaborative work with others:

Mathematical operations:  Math problem solving with 12-year-old children. With Anthony Cate (Psyc), Andy Norton (Math), and Katy Ulrich (Teaching & Learning).

Emotion recognition:  Brain indices of the recognition of facial emotion in college students:  With Susan White (Psyc), John Richey (Psyc), Denis Gracanin (CS), Stephen LaConte (VTCRI), and Inyoung Kim (Stat). 

 

Lab Members wearing their thinking caps!