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Department of Psychology Gartstein Temperament Lab

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

Child Temperament

My work with temperament emphasizes areas related to methodology (i.e., how do we ask meaningful questions about this domain of individual differences?) as well as development (examining trajectories of fear, and other characteristics, in early childhood). Along the way issues related to how much temperament changes over time, vs. how stable attributes appear to be, how much parents agree with each other about their infants’ temperament, and how parental attributes influence their ratings of children’s behavior and emotions, have been addressed. Most recently, my attention has turned to applying this information, offering parents of infants an opportunity to learn more about temperament in general, and their baby’s profile more specifically, in an effort to increase their sensitivity/responsiveness, and lower the risk for child behavior problems, maltreatment, and likely other adverse outcomes.