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Department of Psychology Gartstein Temperament Lab

Welcome to our lab…

Our research team addresses social-emotional development, primarily in early childhood, with an emphasis on identifying typical trajectories of temperament development, as well as risk and protective factors relevant to the development of psychopathology. In addition, parental contributions to both temperament development and the emergence of symptoms/behavior problems are routinely examined. We have been fortunate to collaborate with a number of wonderful colleagues at WSU, in the US, and abroad, with the latter group contributing to another area of research – cross-cultural study of temperament development and developmental psychopathology.

Our Lab’s Netflix Debut: Babies


From first breath to first steps, witness the magic and explore the mystery of the first year of life. The second part of Babies on Netflix is out now! Our lab was visited in April 2019 and recorded an episode for the show! Be on the lookout for the next launch of the series and learn more about how babies develop. Watch Babies, now streaming only on Netflix!











Ready to Participate? 

If you are interested in learning more or participating with the Washington State University Infant Temperament Lab please click on the link below and complete the questions so that we may contact you with information regarding cutting-edge research for you and your baby or toddler. Due to the COVID19 situation, our research has been moved online, which means that for the time being, we are only asking parents to complete the online survey portion of the study. We are hoping to resume in-person data collection in the Spring of 2021. We can’t wait to get back in the lab when it’s safe to begin work on our new National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects!

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Child Temperament


Underpinnings of

Identifying typical trajectories of
temperament development
Understanding the interplay
between temperament
Exploring biological
mechanisms for temperament
How cross-cultural differences
effect the development of