The Early Childhood Emotion Project

The Early Childhood Emotion Project examines how young children’s emotion and memory develops in early childhood. More specifically, this study investigates whether children can correctly identify emotions from photographs and stories, as well as whether they can regulate their own emotions. Children’s emotion will be examined along with important cognitive and academic skills, such as working memory, math, and vocabulary. We are also interested in examining how brain wave activity and heart rate are related to these abilities during childhood. What we learn from this study will help us better understand how important both emotions and cognitive skills are in our early development. ​

This study is currently recruiting child (5-7 years old) participants.


The Metacognition Study

The metacognition study investigates possible factors that may put students at greater risk or protect them against negative health and academic outcomes. More specifically, this study examines links between undergraduate students’ adaptive and maladaptive metacognitive processes (cognitive processes responsible for the monitoring, evaluation, interpretation, organization and regulation of the content of cognitions), coping, and interpersonal factors, on their levels of stress and anxiety and academic achievement. Results from this study will allow us to better understand the way in which these factors can contribute to negative outcomes for students such as stress, anxiety, depression, and lack of academic achievement.


The Sleep Study

The sleep study is a longitudinal project that examines how factors such as emotional functioning, as well as internal (e.g., emotion regulation, resiliency, coping) and external (e.g., social connections) may impact students’ sleep and subsequent academic outcomes. This study uses multiple methods such as self-report inventories and actigraphy over two time points to assess the main and interactive effects of these factors on sleep and subsequent associations with first-year academic achievement. Information gained from this study may help administrators develop programs to improve sleep on college campuses and assist incoming students on how to develop appropriate sleep routines and time management skills, and to educate them on why sleep is important to their overall health and academic performance.