About Us

Welcome to the Self-Regulation, Emotions, & Early Development (SEED) Laboratory!  We are a research laboratory at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst that studies how young children learn to understand and control their feelings.

Emotion regulation is an important skill that emerges and develops rapidly across the early childhood years, setting the stage for many important academic, social, and behavioral outcomes, yet we still know very little about how exactly emotion regulation works in young children.

We develop and use developmentally sensitive games that are exciting, fun, and teach children about their feelings.  We study how children’s brain activity, physiological responses, and behaviors all work together during different kinds of emotional challenges.  By studying the many different ways that young children learn to become aware of, express, and control their emotions, our laboratory hopes to contribute to a better understanding of healthy child development and how to better identify and treat children at risk for mood and behavior problems.


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Lab News

2/13/19: Dr. Adam Grabell and collaborator Dr. Jeremy Gummeson have been awarded a seed grant from the Institute of Applied Life Sciences’ (IALS) Center for Personalized Health Monitoring for their new project studying tantrums in young children! Learn more here: https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/grabell-gummeson-have-ials-grant-study

11/26/18: We are excited to announce that the SEED lab has won a grant from the UMass Institute for Applied Life Sciences to study preschool tantrum behavior with wearable devices!

05/16/2018: Congratulations to our undergraduate RA Angela Mirisola on winning the William Lee Science Impact Program Fellowship!

12/08/2017: Congratulations to our undergraduate RA Brian Liddell on being awarded the Commonwealth Honors College’s Research Assistant Fellowship!