Biobehavioral and Social-Emotional Development Lab

Thank you for your interest in the BASE Lab. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and consistent with Boston University’s guidance, we are suspending all in-person data collection activities until further notice. During this time, we are actively working to review lab safety and sanitation procedures so that we may resume in-person data collection as soon as it is safe to do so.

Click here to learn more about our online studies! Thank you for your understanding, and please do not hesitate to contact BASE Lab staff or Dr. Wagner with any questions.

Dr. Wagner will be accepting graduate applications for the Fall 2021 cycle. Please see this document and visit the department’s website for more information.

Our lab is working to better understand the systems and processes that promote psychosocial adaptation or contribute to the emergence of psychopathology across development. We are particularly interested in examining how early experiences (e.g., parent-child, sibling, and peer relationships) and individual differences in children’s self-regulation contribute to social and emotional development from infancy to early adolescence. Our research examines how these influences shape developmental trajectories across various domains of adaptive functioning, including social competence, prosocial and empathic behaviors, and school success, and maladaptive functioning, including aggression, callous-unemotional traits, and anxiety.

An overarching theme in our lab is the utilization of multiple methods for studying child development at experiential (e.g., self- and other-report methods), behavioral (e.g., observations, eye-tracking), and biological (e.g., autonomic and neuroendocrine regulatory systems) levels of influence.



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Research Assistants: The BASE Lab is always interested in working with outstanding undergraduate and post-graduate research assistants.

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