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Department of psychology researchers at Brock will be conducting a free seminar on the psychological factors that impact children’s social and emotional development this week. 

This virtual seminar is being facilitated by the Lifespan Development Research Institute at Brock as part of their Lifespan Institute Speaker Series. The Lifespan Institute Speaker Series is a regularly-held series of presentations aimed at connecting and engaging the local community with Brock research. 

This research is presented through Lifespan’s research institute, a collective of dozens of faculty members from various departments at Brock and a number of community partners. Members of the institute work together to explore the psychological, social and educational factors that affect human life from infancy to old age. The institute is home to a number of specialist labs designed for conducting large-scale investigations. 

Professors Catherine Mondloch, Caitlin Mahy, and Angela Evans from Brock will present the latest seminar in the series, “Children’s Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development – What’s Happening and Why?” on Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

While the seminar will be held live, all entries in the speaker series are recorded and shared by the Lifespan Institute for access after the fact. Individuals who are unable to attend the seminar while it is being held can access it by visiting the speaker series webpage.

Dr. Mondloch will present her findings on facial identification in children. She will discuss how it is that children can remember familiar faces, such as those of their parents and instructors, and how initial impressions impact their perception of their classmates and peers.

Dr. Mahy will present and analyze her most recent findings on the evolution of procrastination in children. Mahy’s research has found a link between procrastination and future thinking and according to her results, procrastination becomes more prevalent rather than less common as children get older.

Dr. Evans will discuss some of her findings about children’s honesty. Evans will talk about how dishonesty develops in childhood and how to promote honesty. According to her results, dishonesty begins early in development and improves fast, but there are numerous basic and easy-to-implement ways for improving honesty as the child ages.

These researchers are all associated with and conduct their studies as part of Growing With Brock, a community outreach effort comprising five psychology laboratories at Brock. Growing with Brock, like the speaker series, strives to enlighten and connect community people to the research that is done in each of these laboratories. 

While some of this research is conducted by academics, a number of research projects are directed by students as part of their educational requirements. As a result, Brock students can also become meaningfully involved in the research being undertaken by the collective.

Anyone interested in participating in current or future research is urged to learn more by visiting the Growing with Brock website. Individuals who desire to register for the free seminar on Wednesday are able to do so on the Lifespan Development Research Institute’s website.