Welcome to the website for the Temperament Development Laboratory at Texas A&M University Department Educational Psychology. We examine the individual differences in temperament and executive functioning in early childhood using a multi-method approach (online and in-person surveys; laboratory assessments of behavior, emotion and cognition; cortisol and DNA collection; neurophysiology).
- The Early Self-Control (SCD Study) and School Readiness Study is a joint effort between the Brooker (Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences) and Gagne (Department of Educational Psychology) research labs to comprehensively examine the early development of self-control in young children. This study employs a multi-method approach to the assessment of child emotion and cognition, and includes neurophysiological and neuroendocrine measures. In addition, we also study the contribution of family and parent characteristics to child self-control. Although we intend this to be a longitudinal study, we are currently focusing on recruiting families with three-year-old children.
- The TEXAS Family Study (TFS) which investigates early child temperament and executive functioning in pre-schoolers by examining families with siblings between the ages of 2.5 – 5.5 years old. The TFS pre-school data collection occurred in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area when Dr. Gagne was a professor at University of Texas at Arlington. We are currently collecting data on the original TFS cohort as they enter elementary school to assess school transition. All data are collected online through our Lab at Texas A&M University.
- The Laboratory Temperament Assessment Battery (Lab-TAB) and Toddler Behavior Assessment Questionnaire (TBAQ-R) are child temperament measures for which Dr. Gagne serves as a consultant, and our laboratory handles the distribution of these instruments to other researchers. In addition to distributing these measures, this year we are consulting on two Lab-TAB projects. The first is a Portuguese translation of the Lab-TAB manual, and the second is a study of infant siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
Visit the “News” section for updates on the lab including presentations, publications, study progress, incoming students, current student accomplishments and more.