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Cole Lab

Pamela Cole studies emotional development in early childhood with a particular interest in emotion regulation (the ability to modulate one's emotional reactions). The ability to regulate emotions in effective and flexible ways plays a role in the development of social, emotional, and cognitive competencies in children. Moreover, difficulties in emotion regulation have implications for the development of psychopathology. Three NIH-supported projects are the focus of current work in the lab 

The Development of Toddlers Study (DOTS) is an NIMH-funded longitudinal study following 120 children from age 18 months to age 5 years, examining how their own skills and personalities and various aspects of their parents' lives influence the development of emotion regulation.  Data are collected and current work focuses on coding, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.

The Processing of the Emotional Environment Project (PEEP) is an NIMH-funded study of young children’s (7- and 8-year-olds) neural processing of affective prosody, with a particular focus on the processing of mothers’ angry voices.  Data collection will finish in Summer 2017 and work will focus on data processing and analysis and manuscript preparation.

The Development of Self-Regulation Dynamics Study is an NICHD-funded study of emotion regulation as a dynamic process that develops over the course of early childhood.  Data collection is beginning with children ages 30 to 60 months and their parents.  Current work also includes analyzing archived data using dynamic modeling techniques and manuscript preparation.

Recent Publications

Hajal, N. J., Cole, P. M., & Teti, D. M. (in press).  Maternal responses to infant distress: Linkages between specific emotions and neurophysiological processes.  Parenting: Science and Practice.

Lunkenheimer, E., Kemp, C., K., Lucas-Thompson, R. G., Cole, P. M., & Albrecht, E. (in press).  The Parent-Child Challenge Task: A tool for assessing biobehavioral self-regulation and coregulation in early childhood.  Infant and Child Development.

Wood, J., Oravecz, Z., Vogel, N., Benson, L., Chow, S-M., Cole, P. M., Conroy, D. E., Pincus, A., Chow, S-M., & Ram, N. (2017).  Modeling intraindividual dynamics using stochastic differential equations:  An examination of age-related differences in affect regulation.  The Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbx013

Chaplin, T. M., Klein, M. R., Cole, P. M., & Maugher, C. (2017). Developmental changes in emotion expression in frustrating situations:  The roles of context and gender.  Infant and Child Development. DOI: 10.1002/icd.2028

Cole, P. M., Bendezú, J. B., Chow, S-M., & Ram, N. (2017).  Dynamical systems modeling of early childhood self-regulation.  Emotion, 17, 684-699.  DOI: 10.1037/emo0000268

Fields-Olivieri, M. A., Cole, P. M., & Maggi, M. C. (2017).  Toddler emotional states, temperamental traits, and their interaction:  Associations with mothers’ and fathers’ parenting.  Journal of Research in Personality, 67, 106-119. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2016.05.007

Chow, S-M., Bendezú, J. J., Cole, P. M., & Ram, N. (2016).  FODEmixed:  A two-stage approach to fitting linear and nonlinear ordinary differential equation models with random effects.  Multivariate Behavioral Research, 51, 154-184.  DOI: 10.1080/00273171.2015.1123138

Helm, J. L., Ram, N., Cole, P. M., & Chow, S-M. (2016). Modeling self-regulation as a process using a multiple time scale multiphase latent basis growth model.  Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, DOI/full/10.1080/10705511.2016.1178580.

Cole, P. M. (2016). The role of emotion in the development of psychopathology.  In D. Cicchetti (Ed.), Developmental Psychopathology. Vol. 1: Theory and method (3rd ed.) (pp. 265-324). Hoboken, N. J.:  Wiley.

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