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UCLA Bear Lab

Culture, Maternal Behaviors, and Executive Functions

Executive functions (EF) are a set of cognitive skills that develop rapidly in childhood and are related to goal-oriented behaviors. Differences in children’s context – particularly those associated with parenting and cultural factors – have been shown to contribute to early EF development.


In this study, we are investigating the factors that influence Chinese American mothers’ cultural value, maternal behaviors, and their children’s executive function skills. The study will explicate variations within Chinese American families with the goal of moving beyond stereo-typed and/or deficit-oriented perspectives of parenting practices and hopefully inform the development of more culturally sensitive interventions targeting parental socialization and EF development in Chinese Americans.

What does the study involve?

Mothers will engage in fun computer games with their children, which will last about 30min.

Mothers are also invited to participate in an optional 1-hour interview. 


Who can participate?

  • Chinese American mothers of children between 5- to 8-year-old.


Compensation for your time and effort: 

Participants will be compensated with a $50 Amazon gift card for completion of all study procedures.

Please call or email us at:


(949) 490-0669

Mother with her Child

This project has been approved by the University of California, Los Angeles

Institutional Review Board.


Thanks for your interest - we will be in touch with you soon!

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