In the Learning Lab, we study how children develop self-regulation, which is the ability to control one's behavior and emotions. Self-regulation is necessary for sitting still and paying attention in class, playing with peers and planning future activities.
We are particularly interested in how kids learn to 'tune in' to cues that signal the need to self-regulate. Additionally we explore how different experiences shape the brain and emerging self-regulatory skills. Developing regulatory skills in early childhood has long-term implications for adaptive functioning later in life.
In the Learning Lab, we measure both behavior and brain activity. One technique we use is called EEG (electroencephalogram), which allows us to track brain activity while children complete different tasks.