Brain and Early Experiences Lab

Welcome! In the BEE Lab, we are interested in the neurodevelopmental pathways through which early experiences influence young children’s social and cognitive development.

A child’s experiences pBEE baby & dadlay an active role in shaping the brain’s architecture. We are interested in understanding how parents support healthy brain development in the first years of life, when the brain is rapidly growing and changing. To explore this question, we study infants, toddlers, and preschool children.

To learn more about our work, check out our research questionscurrent projectspublications, and the BEE Lab team.

Get involved! Are you a parent of an infant or young child? We’d love to hear from you!

Students, if you are interested in joining the lab, please fill out a student application.


In December 2013, BEE Lab Director Dr. Amanda Tarullo gave an ISIS Webinar for Parents, “Shaping Baby’s Brain: Brain Development and Stress Regulation During Infancy & Early Childhood.”
Free access to the archived webinar is available here:
The first few years of life are a period of incredibly rapid brain development. One of the biggest challenges for infants and young children is managing stress. This webinar discusses research revealing how parents buffer their infants and young children from physiological stress and play an active role in shaping brain architecture.

Join Us!

We rely upon our families to help us learn more about how kids develop. We would love to meet you!

Do you think you might like to participate in a study with your child, either now or in the future?

Sign up now!

Contact Us

  • Email us
  • Give us a call (617) 353-9328
  • Visit us Room 108, 64 Cummington Mall Boston, MA 02215

Information for Students

Want to volunteer? Our interns learn about developmental neuroscience techniques and behavioral research while having fun working with young children. A friendly personality and prior experience with children are essential!

Interested? Find out more!