CHGD: Center for Human Growth and Development – UROP Symposium

CHGD: Center for Human Growth and Development

Analysis of Korean and English Depression Discussions on Instagram

Elina Kang | CHGD

Elina Kang, Ellen Selkie

Introduction: South Korea has one of the highest rates of suicides in the world, with an estimate of 26.9 suicides per 100,000 individuals, and for years, suicide has remained the leading cause of deaths for South Korean adolescents. In contrast, while suicide rates have been increasing over the past decade, the United States has had much lower rates of suicide, with 14.2 suicides per 100,000 individuals. Social media use is ubiquitous among adolescents globally, but not much has been studied to explore the discussions surrounding depression and depression recovery on social media in Korea, and no research has compared depression-related content between Korean and English language social media. The purpose of this study is to examine the nature of depression and depression recovery discussions that occur on Korean Instagram, as well as to compare the attitudes toward depression on Korean and English language Instagram…

Assessing Emotion Socialization and Adjustment in Early Childhood: The Emotion Stories Task

Alexis Vatterott | CHGD

Alexis Vattertot, Sujin Lee, Sheryl Olson

Emotion socialization in early childhood has been evidenced by prior research as the foundation for emotional competence, adjustment, and a successful transition to Kindergarten. Research has emphasized the influential role of parents as children’s primary emotion socializers. In spite of this, we need further longitudinal research on long-term consequences of early emotion socialization from a life-span perspective, considering individual differences in emotional development across different life transitions.

Boston Universal Prekindergarten

Rachel Kushner | CHGD

Rachel Kushner, Paola Guerrero, Christina Weiland

The Boston Public Schools is a national leader in providing high-quality universal prekindergarten (UPK) for four year olds. Like the vast majority of universal pre-K programs in the United States, Boston offers children UPK seats in both public elementary schools and community-based centers. To date, there is little research on how children’s experiences and readiness for kindergarten differ across prekindergarten settings, and little is known about efforts to apply high-quality curricular models across sites. The Boston UPK project hopes to address this by extending the BPS prekindergarten model, which has had consistent success in narrowing kindergarten racial and income achievement gaps, into target community-based sites through funding, close communication with directors, and coaching and professional development supports…

Current Methodological Practices in Human Neuroimaging Studies: A Consideration of Sampling

Alaina Lurie | CHGD

Alaina Lurie, Arianna Gard, Luke Hyde

Technological advances since the turn of the century have given researchers more methods than ever before to understand and investigate the inner workings of our brains. The integration of human neuroimaging into the social sciences is critical to advancing our understanding of human behavior (Falk, et al., 2013). “Population neuroscience” emphasizes the need for combining representative sampling with investigations of underlying neural mechanisms. Since the way we conduct sampling for neuroimaging studies is so critical to the generalizability of the findings, to facilitate this goal and as a part of my summer UROP training in the MiND Lab, I worked on a team to conduct a structured review of neuroimaging studies in 2019. The objective of this review is to identify to what extent published articles in this field report participant demographics, reasons for data loss (e.g., [movement]), recruitment procedures, and specification of the target sample (i.e., what broader population the study tries to generalize to)…

Examining the 24-hour guidelines in children with and without ASD between the ages of 6-9 years

Lyndsie Clossick | CHGD

Lyndsie Clossick, Kerri Staples, & Dale Ulrich

Physical activity (PA), sleep, and limited sedentary behavior are all known components that promote health for children. While each of these components independently impacts health, they are not mutually exclusive. The 24-hour movement guidelines bring together these components to provide recommendations that encompass the whole day…

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