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Children's Responses to Parents' Emotions

The purpose of this study is to investigate how children learn about emotions. We are especially interested in children’s responses to others’ happiness and to their parents’ emotions.  Children and their parents visited our lab when the children were 5 years old.  We are now preparing a follow-up study to reassess children’s emotional development at age 8.  Click here for a newsletter reporting the study’s findings and here to update your contact information for this study.

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Toddlers' Imitation of Prosocial Behaviors

The goal of this study is to advance knowledge of how toddlers learn to help others. We use imitation paradigms to investigate if toddlers’ learn new prosocial behaviors by watching the helping behaviors of others. Rose Donohue is studying how toddlers learn to repair their own transgressions for her masters’ thesis. She is looking for toddlers and parents to volunteer for this study.  Click here to learn more.

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Children's Interpretations of Others' Emotions

The purpose of this project is to investigate how children interpret others’ emotions and how these interpretations are related to their social behaviors. Sarah Garcia is currently recruiting 7- to 11-year-old children and their parents to participate in this study for her dissertation.

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Emotions and Relationships in Young Adults and their Parents

The objective of this study is to determine if young adults’ physiological and cognitive responses to others’ emotions are linked to their risk for depression and anxiety and how relationships with parents and peers affect this risk. We use laboratory experiments to investigate intepretations of and responses to emotional cues.  Participants and their parents also complete on-line measures of depression, anxiety, hopefulness, happiness, empathy, coping, and social support.

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Upcoming Studies

We are recruiting participants for upcoming reasarch studies at Georgia State University. If you are interested in participating in a study, please click here to provide your contact information.

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