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January 9, 2015

Laboratory Director

Seth Pollak, PhD

Seth Pollak, PhD

College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Professor of Anthropology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin at Madison

Welcome to the web pages of the Child Emotion Research Laboratory, located in the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. These web pages are intended to supply the general public with information about the scientific and educational activities of our laboratory group. If you do not find what you are looking for here, please feel free to write us.

I hold doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology and in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and approach research on child development from both basic science and applied, public health perspectives. From the vantage point of basic science, my students and I explore the mechanisms of developmental change. Through our research, we address questions about the interpersonal, cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms that are responsible for the increasingly complex behaviors that children may acquire during infancy, early childhood, and into adolescence. My particular area of interest is in understanding how the quantity and quality of early experiences in children's lives influences how children think about and process information. Members of our lab group hope to leverage an understanding of how developmental change occurs to develop effective prevention and intervention strategies for children most at risk for emotional, learning and behavior problems. Taken together, the goal of our research is to better understand the role that early experiences in children's lives have on development of brain structure and function.