Emotional and cognitive development. Gender-emotion stereotyping and nonverbal communication Preschooler’s peer standing and social skills in relation to nonverbal decoding ability Children’s encoding and decoding of emotion in music A review of gender differences in emotion regulation Gender Differences in Social and Emotional Functioning (including Psychopathology) Gender Differences in Social and Emotional Development Risk Factors for Depression Depression Prevention Life-span development.
Emotion in adulthood and old age Emotional processing (attention, memory) Emotion recognition Emotion regulation Emotional experience Cultural differences in emotion/attention Automatic vs. controlled processes in emotion Neural Dynamics of gustatory perception and learning. The brain substrates of emotion and emotional learning Life-span development. Culture, aging, and memory. The influence of culture (including biculturalism) on cognitive or social processes (including memory, categorization, attention to context, interpersonal interactions, stereotypes, and the self).
For populations on which there is little empirical data it might be possible to take a broader approach researching how a culture might differ rom the majority American culture on cognitive or social processes. The influence of normal aging (or development from childhood through old age) on cognitive, social, or neural processes (including memory, self-concept, interpersonal interactions, stereotyping, the engagement of prefrontal cortex, amygdala, or and medial temporal lobes).
Beneficial and harmful contributions of context to memory processes with age (spanning verbal, visual, and spatial contexts). The effects of individualism vs. collectivism (independence and interdependence) on cognitive and social processes. Normal and/or abnormal memory processes (e. g. ,memory errors, organization of memory, the neural substrates of memory).
Adult personality and cognition Midlife development Control beliefs and memory Stress and memory Health and well-being Develop mental pathways leading to aggression in children and adolescents The impacts of familial, communal, and school environments on internalizing and/or externalizing problems among child and adolescent Risk and resilience, child development Gender and ethnic ditterences and similarities in psychological adjustment and/or cademic achievement from early childhood to adolescence Social Psychology.
Person perception. First impressions of moving faces Within and between-culture accuracy in first impressions from facial photographs Using connectionist models to predict impressions of faces from their similarity to different categories of faces Using virtual reality methods to study facial stereotypes (the student should have a good deal of computer expertise for this topic) Individual differences in first impressions of faces Health Psychology. Molecular mechanisms linking psychosocial states and health.
Determinants of the cortisol awakening response Endocrinological and immunological processes associated with depressive versus anxious mood Endocrinological and immunological changes associated with transition from adolescence to adulthood in childhood asthma Health Psychology. Health effects of acute and chronic psychosocial stress. Association of daily salivary alpha-amylase activity with heart rate variability Age-difference in wake-up response and daily activity of salivary alpha-amylase activity Impact of sleep quality on wake- up responses of salivary alpha-amylase