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Cognition Affect Temperament logogroup of childrenAttention and Social Behavior in Children Study - BRAINS

The goal of the project is to learn more about how children and early adolescents use attention in social situations. During Child Study Center (CSC) visits, we invite children to participate in a series of activities. Our participants play games both independently and with a same-gender peer. These activities help us learn about how children use their attention to navigate social situations. We’re learning that children use attention differently to navigate their world based on their environment and temperament. This multi-faceted study helps us learn how individual characteristics and environment interact in the development of the social child.

Our participants are also invited to the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC), where we use Electroencephalography (EEG) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) techniques. These non-invasive tools not only allow us to see how the brain helps shape behavior, but can also provide a nifty brain-photo for the family refrigerator!

The BRAINS project will continue to run for the next few years. As time goes on we’ll have more research questions and will plan more visits, so we hope you will want to visit the CAT Lab soon!