Current Projects

Parenting and Executive Function Development Study One: This study examines how environmental stressors influence parenting behaviors that are associated with executive function development in preschoolers.

This project was recently presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) biennial conference! See the project poster.


Parenting and Executive Function Study Two: This study examines how certain dimensions of parenting by mothers and fathers influence the development of executive function in preschoolers.

This project was recently presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) biennial conference! See the project poster.


The Role of Self-Regulation for Adolescent Decision-Making Study: This study explores the role of self-regulation subcomponents (e.g., executive function, emotion regulation, effortful control) for adolescent decision-making. This study utilizes eye-tracking to further understand the decision-making process.

This project was recently presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) biennial conference! See the project poster.


Ready 4 Routines Study: This study examines how high quality structured family routines, rooted in reflective practices, may improve children's executive functions and lower parent stress.

This project was recently presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) biennial conference! See the project poster.


Wellbeing in Service of Teaching & Learning: This project is developing a mindfulness intervention for public school teachers.


Mindfulness in Education: This series of studies is interested in how mindfulness can be practiced with children and how reflective practices may improve children's executive function and prosocial skills.

Belief Study: This study is examining the relationship between children's working memory and their theory of mind.


Psychological Distancing Study: This study is looking at how and why creating psychological distance from the self by using strategies such as pretending to be someone else (e.g., Batman) helps preschoolers and early school aged children have better self-control.

This project was recently presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) biennial conference! See the project posters: Poster 1, Poster 2.


Creativity and Executive Function Project: This study is exploring whether young children's executive function (self-control) skills are related to their creative abilities. 


The Videogame Neurofeedback Study: This preliminary study is exploring whether self-control skills can be trained through the repeated use of an interactive video game neurofeedback training device.


Child Parent Center (CPC) Intervention Impact on Executive Functioning: this study is exploring interventions targeting school readiness and academic gains for preschool students from low socioeconomic backgrounds

This project was recently presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) biennial conference! See the project poster.


Developmental Change in Brain Oscillations during Early Childhood: his project’s aim is to characterize change in EEG power and connectivity from age 3 to 9 and to establish method for assessing brain oscillations in preschool-age children

This project was recently presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) biennial conference! See the project poster.

 

To read about updates on these studies, please see our 2016 Play-by-Play Lab Newsletter.