The Emergence of Self-regulation: Emotional and Cognitive Control in Early Development


Lynne Baker-Ward (NCSU)
Susan D. Calkins (UNC-G)
Patricia Bauer (Duke University)
Mary Haskett (NCSU)
Ashley Hill (UNC-CH & UNCG)
Peter A. Ornstein (UNC-CH)
Mike Willoughby (UNC-CH)

Theme:  Despite general agreement within the discipline of developmental and clinical psychology that self-regulation skills emerge and support competent functioning during early childhood, there has been considerable conceptual ambiguity, as well as a lack of specificity, with regard to the processes that comprise the construct of self-regulation. Recently, the field of child temperament has offered an explanation of how the toddler’s emerging repertoire of self-initiated and independent behavior is supported by a class of control mechanisms that are observed across multiple levels of analysis. In this approach, advocated by Posner, Rothbart and others, self-regulation is defined as the child’s ability to modulate behavior according to the cognitive, emotional, and social demands of a particular situation, with attentional control mechanisms playing a critical role in such behavioral modulation. During this semester, we will examine the construct of self-regulation from a conceptual and empirical perspective with guest speakers who study self-regulatory processes at different levels of analysis. Our goal is to describe the state of the field, evaluate the conceptual and empirical approaches currently in use, and think about future directions and implications of this area of developmental science.




Sep 12 Susan   Calkins,
UNC Greensboro
Introduction:   Current Issues, Definitions and Controversies in the Study of Self Regulation
Sep 19 Ginger   Moore,
Duke University
Dynamic   Patterns of Infant Affect and Gaze During Challenge Situations: Evidence for   Regulation?
Sep 26 Kimberly   Andrews Espy,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The   Development of Executive Control in Preschool Children
Oct 3 No   Session Rosh   Hashanah
Oct 10 Philip   Zelazo,
University of Toronto
Mechanisms   Underlying the Development of Hot and Cool Executive Function
Oct 17 Ross   Thompson,
University of California at Davis
Emotion   Regulation From Within and Around the Emoting Child
Oct 24 Stephen   Hooper,
UNC Chapel Hill
Executive   Functions in Children with Psychotic Disorders
Oct 31 No   Session Halloween
Nov 7 Kathleen   Thomas,
University of Minnesota
Implicit   Learning in Childhood: Perspectives from Behavioral, Neuroimaging, and Lesion   Studies
Nov 14 Pamela   Cole,
Pennsylvania State University
Observing   Emotion Regulation in Very Young Children
Nov 21 Martha   Ann Bell,
Virginia Tech
Attentional   Control and the Integration of Cognition and Emotion during Early Development
Nov 28 Frederick   Morrison,
University of Michigan
Self-regulation   and the transition to school: contributions of parenting and schooling
Dec 5 Nathan   Fox,
University of Maryland
The   Enduring Effects of Child Temperament: Taking a Human Developmental   Neuroscience Perspective