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Healthy Emotions, Relationships & Development

The HERDLab explores the factors contributing to children's social and emotional development. We examine the contributions of "nurture" through children's close relationships with family and friends, and "nature" through their autonomic and neuroendocrine regulatory systems. Our focus is on understanding how these factors shape developmental trajectories toward adaptive functioning, like compassion and social competence, and maladaptive functioning, like aggression and anxiety.


We would like to invite you and your child to take part in a research project being conducted through the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, on the development of children’s positive behaviors

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Our Project

In the study that we’re currently conducting, we are looking at the development of behaviors, like caring, sharing and helping in preschool-aged children.

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