Memory and Development Lab - University of Kansas

Memory and Development Lab - University of Kansas A research lab at the University of Kansas directed by Dr. Andrea Follmer Greenhoot. Students interested in applying for a research position should send a resume or CV and a letter of interest to [email protected].
Director: Dr. Andrea Follmer Greenhoot Current Ph.D Students: Robyn Kelton Margarita Pavlova Current Undergraduate Research Assistants: Lauren Holland Ellie Milton Hannah Pulford Alumni (Ph.D.): Alisa Miller Beyer, Assistant Professor, Dominican University Sarah Bunnell, Associate Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Amherst College Erin Hambrick, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri Kansas City Rebecca Johnson, Pediatric Psychologist, Children's Mercy Hospital of Kansas City John-Paul Legerski, Associate Professor, University of North Dakota Monica Tsethlikai, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
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We currently have several active projects. Read more about them below or on our Wordpress Website! http://greenhoot.wordpress.com/current-research-projects/ Autobiographical Narratives and Well-Being in Emerging Adults with and without Trauma Histories --This is a collaboration with the research team of Dr. Kate McLean at Western Washington University. We have collected personal narratives and data on coping, psychological symptoms, and mental and physical well-being from over 500 college students. About one third of the participants self report histories of trauma or abuse. We are interested in how emerging adults recollect traumatic and other significant life experiences in response to five different types of memory prompts (most traumatic, low point, transgression, turning point, and self defining) and how the qualities of their recollections- both self reported and more objectively measured- relate to their psychological adjustment. Role of Parent-Guided Conversations in Children’s Reactions to a Stressful Event -- Shengkai Sun is leading an investigation that examines the roles of parent-guided conversations in (1) shaping 4- to 7-year-old children’s memories of a negative event, and (2) influencing children’s stress responses to the event over time. Children first view a mildly distressing film with a research assistant. The parent is later asked to talk with the child about the video under either emotion-focused instructions (make sure your child feels ok) or fact-focused instructions (find out what happened). We are looking at how these instructions influence the conversations, and how the conversations, in turn, influence children's independent recollections of the video as well as their distress reactions over time. Child and mother-child memories and interpretations of a devastating tornado: Implications for child well being --Erin Hambrick is leading a study that focuses on victims of the tornado that devastated Joplin, MO in May 2011. Pre-adolescent children are asked to recollect the tornado alone, and then jointly with a parent. She is looking at how different ways of remembering the tornado-both with and without the parent-relate to children's psychological adjustment over time. This webpage has more information: http://www.projectshare-joplin.org/ Life Scripts and Life Stories in Emerging Adults with and without Trauma Histories --Max Clarkson is leading a study looking at college students' "scripts" for what a typical life is like, and the links to their own personal life stories. He is especially interested in whether life scripts differ for people with a history of traumatic experiences as compared to those with a more typical range of life experiences. He is also looking at whether having a large discrepancy between one's own life story and the life script is a risk factor for poor psychological adjustment.

Summer 2018: We are currently recruiting participants (girls 11 to 16 years of age, with a parent and a close friend) fo...
07/11/2018

Summer 2018: We are currently recruiting participants (girls 11 to 16 years of age, with a parent and a close friend) for a study of how preadolescent and adolescent girls talk about past events. Each girl and their friend will each receive $20 for participating. For more information go to:
https://greenhoot.wordpress.com/about-us/participate/

or Contact project director Robyn Kelton at [email protected], or 630-452-9052

HI EVERYONE! Check out our current projects, and "like" our page to support the KU Memory and Development Lab! ...
11/06/2013
Current Projects

HI EVERYONE! Check out our current projects, and "like" our page to support the KU Memory and Development Lab! Thanks so much for your support, and stay tuned for new projects coming soon! http://greenhoot.wordpress.com/current-research-projects/

Autobiographical Narratives and Well-Being in Emerging Adults with and without Abuse Histories We just wrapped this project, which looked at how emerging adults recollect stressful and traumatic li...

Dr. Andrea Greenhoot conducting research to see how illustrations affect parent-child story reading and children’s story...
10/29/2013

Dr. Andrea Greenhoot conducting research to see how illustrations affect parent-child story reading and children’s story recall

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10/29/2013

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04/21/2011
KU Child Memory Study Flier

[Flier Updated!] Hi Everyone, please keep forwarding this research opportunity to the parents you know, Thanks!
Have you ever wondered how to talk to your child about negative past events? KU Memory and Development Lab is conducting a study of how parent-child talk affects the way 4- to 7-year-olds remember and react to a mildly negative event. For more participating information, click the flier link below:

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The research of the KU Memory and Development Lab looks at how children and adults come to remember both good and bad past experiences, and how these memories are related to emotional well-being. We are particularly interested in the ways in which people cope with and make sense of memories of highly negative experiences, such as abuse or family violence, because these types of experiences can have serious implications for mental health. The KU MAD Lab also offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to pursue their interests in cognitive and developmental psychology while gaining research experience by serving as assistants in the lab. Undergraduate students provide assistance with research activities including: - Entering data and monitoring the quality of data entry - Transcribing interviews - Coding/scoring interviews, questionnaires, and psychological assessments - Data collection (interviewing study participants) - Library research using PsycINFO - Complete readings of assigned journal articles and book chapters related to the Memory and Development Lab. - Attend weekly lab meetings every to discuss issues related to the current research.

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