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Brain, Executive Function and Attention Laboratory

 

Child and mother smile for photo after participating in research. The child holds a certificate of completion and a prize.​​

​​The Brain, Executive Function and Attention Research (B.E.A.R.) Lab is interested in understanding how babies, toddlers, and young children learn about the world around them and make decisions about what they are looking at. One of our goals is to understand how children’s brains process the information in the world around them and what individual factors might lead to different developmental trajectories and long-term outcomes. To explore these questions, we utilize methods such as functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), eye-tracking, and recently electroencephalography (EEG). Currently, we are exploring the relationship between early developing attentional processing and executive functioning in toddlers, risk for ADHD in toddlers, and the relationship between functional connectivity and ocular-motor control and behavior in children ages 2 to 7 years old.​