Child Temperament and Socio-Cognitive Processes: A Physiological and Behavioural Study
Our lab is currently looking for children between the ages of 9 and 11 (up to 12) to participate in a two part study on temperament, cognitive processes, and social and emotional functioning. This study involves two visits to the lab, each about 2 hours long. In one visit, an electroencephalography (EEG) cap will be used to measure brain waves while the child completes questionnaires and computer tasks. In the second visit, two children (both of which have completed the EEG visit) will be matched up and their heart rates will be monitored while performing behavioural tasks. At the end of each visit, the child will receive a 15$ gift card to Conestoga Mall. If you would like to participate or are interested in learning more, please contact us by phone or email. You can also fill out our form online.
Children’s Personality, Attention and Memory: Does our personality interact with our cognition to predict social development?
Our lab is currently looking for children that are 7 or 8 years old to contribute to a study with the purpose of exploring how child temperament relates to cognitive processes, such as attention and memory, in the early school years, with the ultimate goal of determining how temperament and cognition interact to jointly predict children’s social development. We invite you and your child to take part in a visit to our lab that will last for approximately 2 hours. The study will include the use of our new heart rate and breathing monitoring system, which will provide us information on the physiological aspect of the child's social performance. For your child’s participation, they will receive a $15 gift card from Mastermind Toys or Conestoga Mall. If you would like to participate or are interested in learning more, please contact us by phone or email. You can also fill out our form online.
Temperament Over Time Study ([TOTS]; in collaboration with the University of Maryland)
Currently, we are working on the TOTS which is a collaborative longitudinal study of children’s social development funded by the National Institute of Health. In this study, a large group of infants were recruited at the University of Maryland and have now been followed regularly for 15 years. In the Social Development Lab, we focus on how these children interact with their peers at each age of assessment. Using detailed behavioural coding schemes, we record both the quantity and quality of children’s interactions during unstructured and structured tasks.
To learn more about the TOTS, please visit the University of Maryland Child Development Lab website.