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.

Study 2 will involve both laboratory observations and non-invasive electroencephalogram (EEG) measures related to children’s executive functions.

Study 2 of the study will start in early 2021. If you are interested in joining Study 2, please leave your contact information below.

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

Institutional Review Board.