Developmental Psychology – Tarullo
Professor Amanda Tarullo
The Brain and Early Experiences Lab is studying how maternal stress influences infant social and neural development. We are looking at the development of infant joint attention, a key aspect of social development, in relation to maternal stress and mother-infant relationship quality in a socioeconomically diverse population. Through home visits, we assess mother-infant relationship quality, aspects of the home environment, and the correlation of maternal and infant levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Four months later, infants and their mothers come to the lab and we collect behavioral measures of infant joint attention as well as measuring the neural correlates of joint attention using electroencephalogram (EEG). Students will learn methods of EEG, cortisol, and behavioral assessment of infants.
The BEE Lab is accepting applications from sophomores and juniors for volunteer positions (5 hours/week) for fall 2012. Students who are able to commit 2 years to the BEE Lab are given priority. After at least one semester of volunteering, there is the potential for academic credit and/or to apply for UROP funding. For more information or to submit an application, please go to www.bu.edu/beelab.