Research

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Experiment Room — Where subjects play fun games on our touchscreen computer

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Waiting Room — Parents/guardians and other children can hang out here while child is in the experiment room

We are interested in having preschool- and kindergarten-aged children play special computer games. While the children are playing these games, we use the child-friendly brain imaging technology, fNIRS, to see what parts of the brain are being used. 

Current Studies

I ❤ Brains Study (The Self-Regulation Study)

The goal of the I Heart Brains Study is to better understand how young children’s brains and bodies work together to regulate their emotions.

We are currently recruiting families with children ages 3 to 5 years old to participate in the I Heart Brains Study. Participation involves children playing computer games in our lab while wearing a cap and sensors to measure brain and heart activity.

Find out more about this study [HERE] and reach out to us [HERE] if you are interested in participating!

Tantrum Study

The goal of the Tantrum Study is to better understand young children’s tantrum behaviors. We hope to achieve this by having children and parents wear wearable devices to inform us on what is happening in children’s and parents’ bodies (e.g., sleep, stress) before, during, and after tantrums occur. One long term goal of this study is to see if we can use advanced computer science methods to predict tantrums before they happen!

We will soon be recruiting families with children between the ages of 3 1/2 and 6 years old to participate in the Tantrum Study. Participation would involve wearing wearable devices in the home, while going about daily activities, for 30 days

Find out more about this study [HERE].

LEAF Study

The goal of the  Learning About Feelings (LEAF) study is to better understand how young children manage their feelings, and how this predicts their behavior in the future. 

We are no longer recruiting for this study.

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