Parents and teachers are keenly aware of how challenging it can be for children to regulate their cognitions and emotions, but also the importance of these skills for children's lives. We are a group of researchers interested in how children develop cognitive skills and self-regulation. Broadly, our goal is to better understand the ways in which experiences in school and at home contribute to brain development and strengthen children's regulation.
In our work, we draw on ideas and methods from developmental and clinical psychology, education, and cognitive neuroscience in order to better understand how day-to-day experiences shape children's growing brains and capacities for self-regulation. We are particularly interested in identifying strategies that teachers and parents can use to promote positive development in all children, including those who have difficulty managing their fears and anxiety. Please check out our ongoing projects to learn more about ways that you can get involved!
In addition to coming to a school near you, we have two lab spaces on UCLA's campus. We welcome you to come and participate in one of our ongoing projects!
B.E.A.R. Lab North Campus
520 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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B.E.A.R. Lab South Campus
760 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90024