The Home Environment and Executive Functioning in Young Children

Brief Description: 
In this study, we want to learn more about the development of children’s bodies and skills during early childhood. More specifically, we are interested in how different aspects of children’s home environments influence children’s abilities to pay attention, remember and manipulate information, and follow rules. If your child is interested in participating, please e-mail Zoe Miles at or call (206) 221-8505.
Eligibility for Participation: 
We are recruiting children, ages 60-78 months old, as well as their parents.
Participation Details: 
The study involves one session lasting 2-2.5 hours, and will be conducted by two researchers in your home. During this visit we will ask your child to participate in several fun games designed to challenge memory and attention skills. We will also ask you to fill out a few questionnaires and participate in a brief interview about your home life. Parents will earn $40 and children will earn $35 for participation.
Full Description: 
Executive functioning comprises a set of cognitive processes that support the ability to learn new knowledge and skills, hold in mind goals and information, and create and execute complex, future-oriented plans. Executive functioning in early childhood is associated with initial school readiness, academic success, and risky behaviors in adolescence and adulthood. As early childhood is associated with rapid behavioral and neurological developmental changes related to executive functioning, determining how such skills develop in young children is critical to identifying strategies to nurture and support the development of these skills to promote adaptive outcomes throughout life. In this study, we aim to identify specific aspects of environmental experience that support or inhibit the development of executive functions in early childhood. In order to conduct this research, we will ask participants to complete interviews, surveys, and behavioral tasks within the home environment.
Katie McLaughlin, Ph.D., Stress & Development Lab, Department of Psychology; Andrew Meltzoff, Ph.D., Institute for Learning and Brain Science; Margaret Sheridan, Ph.D., University of North Carolina.
Research Contact: 
If your child is interested in participating, please e-mail Zoe Miles at or call (206) 221-8505.
$35 (Child) and $40 (Parent)
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