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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.

Recent News

5/5/22 - Senior Beatice OJuri wins the Psychological & Brain Sciences Research Assistant Appreciation Award. Congratulations Bea!

5/5/22- Graduate student Christina Hogan successfully completed her clinical Comprehensive Case Presentation - nice work Christina!

5/1/22 - Senior Jah'inaya Parker (COE affiliate) wins the Spring Rising Researcher Award. Way to go Jah!

4/22/22 - Meghan Sepich, Beatrice Ojuri, and Jahinaya Parker presented their research projects at the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) - way to go seniors!

4/4/22 - Former Learning Lab graduate student, Dr. Abby Helm, gets her paper on children's use of ipads accepted for publication - great job Abby!

3/11/22 - Graduate Student Adaeze Egwuatu successfully defends her dissertation - way to go Dr. Egwuatu!


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