Our Research

The Centre for Lifespan Development Research

Our Research

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If you are interested in learning more about our members please see our list of researcherslabscurrent publications, and research interest groups.

Downloadable Research Summaries

As part of the Centre's commitment to sound knowledge translation and mobilization, our team develops up-to-date research summaries for each lab held within the Centre, these are available as downloadable basic research summaries and plain language summaries.

Basic Research Summaries are meant to provide readers with a scientific overview of the research processes and findings associated with a given topic, these documents are great for other researchers, students or practitioners who would like a concise overview of the research.

Plain Language Summaries are meant to provide readers with a simplified overview of the research topic, these documents are great for the general public or non-research audiences who would like a quick review of a researcher's work and how it applies to the world.

Researcher Topic Downloadable Resources

Bullying - Drs. Lisa Barrow, Drew Dane, Zopito Marini, & Tony Volk

Bullying - From emergence, to classroom, to workplace Most of us grew up in a time where schoolyard taunting was chalked up to kids being kids, or where workplace water cooler gossip was tolerated because people felt that they needed the job. However, bullying behaviours have become more recognized in recent years — leading researchers to focus on understanding what bullying is, how it develops, and how we can work to prevent it or intervene when it occurs. The research of four Brock University professors is profiled in this summary, with each bringing a unique viewpoint to the lifespan perspective of bullying.
Dr. Kimberly Cote & the Sleep Research Laboratory The connections between sleep, mental processing & behaviour

Today, many people intentionally cut down on sleep in order to make more time for work or social demands — Dr. Cote investigates the relationship between sleep and waking function using various methods to gain an understanding of how sleepiness may impact individuals’ mental processing and behaviours.

Dr. Angela Evans & the Social-Cognitive Development Lab How does deception develop in children and youth?

The next time you see a child telling a lie, don't worry — Dr. Evans’ research provides a unique window into children’s thinking, showing that lie—telling is actually a marker of mental growth.

Dr. Caitlin Mahy Exploring how individuals think and understand their future plans/intentions

Planning for the future is something that people do everyday, often without realizing it. Dr. Mahy’s research shows that future oriented skills follow specific patterns of growth, with increases during childhood and declines in older age.

Dr. Sid Segalowitz & The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory Brain functioning throughout development

Everything humans do can be somehow connected back to one very important organ — the brain. Dr. Segalowitz’s lab looks at electrical activity in the brain in order to understand how specific patterns may contribute to lots of different behaviours. In this research summary we highlight the work of three doctoral students in Dr. Segalowitz’s lab — focusing on brain connections with adolescent behaviours, isolating brain activity, and brain behaviour among individuals with psychopathic traits.

Dr. Elizabeth Shulman

Investigating risk-taking behaviours among youth

Everyone takes risks at some point, but research suggests that risk-taking is very common during adolescence and early adulthood. In her work, Dr. Shulman investigates why risk-taking increases in adolescence, focusing on decisions based on intuition. She also looks at how research in this area should inform societal responses to adolescent risk-taking (e.g., crime).

Dr. Teena Willoughby & The Adolescent Development Lab Mental Health among university students

The University years can be a challenging period for students, particularly around mental health. Dr. Willoughby’s lab investigates various aspects of stress and coping during this time for students, with a particular focus on nonsuicidal self-injury and sleep.

If you would like more information on our knowledge translation and mobilization work, please contact the Centre's Knowledge Translation Officer, Jayne Morrish -  jmorrish@brocku.ca