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Developmental Studies Lab

Projects reflect an interest in learning about the development and mechanisms of attention as well as behaviors related to attention such as spontaneous eye blinking, learning to reach and working memory. Projects have studied infants (four to 12 months), college students and more recently children. A study of the development of spontaneous eye blinking in infants was funded by a grant from the National Eye Institute of NIH (R21). Current collaborations include investigations of relationships between blinking and EEG patterns in infants with Drs. Martha Ann Bell of Virginia Tech and Steve Robertson of Cornell.  Another project examines face recognition memory in college students. These projects have been successful due to the help of many skilled undergraduate research assistants.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Leigh Bacher at

Learning and Emotion Lab

The Learning and Emotion Lab is focused on uncovering the relationships between students' learning and their emotional (affective) states. The research goals include refining psychological theory and developing educational applications, such as emotionally adaptive learning environments.

For more information, contact Dr. Roger Taylor at

Emotion Processing Across Development

We examine the social, emotional and physiological mechanisms associated with various life stages. Work with older adults, through collaborations with the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at Boston College examines the neural mechanisms of age-related changes in the processing and use of emotional information. Work with the Relationships Across Development Lab at SUNY Oswego has begun to investigate the physiological and regulatory mechanisms of infant-mother attachment. In addition, new projects have also begun to understand the perceptions and impact of breastfeeding on infant-father bonding.

For more information, contact Dr. Christina Leclerc at

Primate Behavior and Cognition

Current projects include

  • Development of tool use in wild capuchin monkeys in Brazil
  • Vocal behavior of capuchin monkeys (in collaboration with Dr. Pat Izar at University of Sao Paulo and Dr Antonio Souto at Federal University of Pernambuco)
  • Development of tool use in young children and acquisition of new tool use skills in adults (in collaboration with Dr. Theo Rhodes)
  • Knowledge of evolution, worldview and attitude in college students (in collaboration with Dr. Kelly Chariton at UNCP)

For more information please contact Dr. Qing Liu at

Relationships Across Development Laboratory

The Relationships Across Development Laboratory (RAD Lab) examines how experiences in close personal relationships are internalized and contribute to social and emotional functioning across the lifespan. Our current research interests center on understanding how attachment-related experiences with parents are represented mentally and how such representations are linked to (a) the processing of social information, (b) the quality of parent-child relationships, and (c) the quality of peer relations.

The laboratory is directed by Dr. Matthew J. Dykas and the research studies are administered by trained undergraduate research assistants at SUNY Oswego in central New York state.

For more information, please contact the lab.