Description of Work in the DOME Lab

My central research questions relate to understanding the mechanisms and trajectories of typical and atypical emotional development. I am primarily interested in the interplay between biology and the environment as they relate to individual differences in emotional development, adjustment, and mental health. Contributing factors to children's development, along with their interplay, are examined in my laboratory through the use of several complementary methodologies across a variety of studies. These studies emphasize (1) multi-method assessment of affective behavior, (2) childhood temperament, (3) proximal and distal contexts, (4) physiological correlates of affective behaviors, and (5) early risk factors for development of internalizing and externalizing problems. Although my laboratory focuses on longitudinal studies of young children, my students and I embrace opportunities to examine developmental processes relevant to mental health across the lifespan. We welcome new opportunities for collaboration. 

- Dr. Rebecca J. Brooker

Lab Resources

My laboratory space includes separate spaces for behavioral and psychophysiological testing in AJM Johnson Hall at Montana State University. The behavioral testing room includes audio and video recording equipment that is controlled from a separate, unobtrusive control room.

Electroencephalgram (EEG) data can be collected in an adjacent room using the BioSemi Active Two system. Up to 64-channels of data can be collected from children and adults in sets of 32 leads. Peripheral psychophysiology can be recorded simultaneously through individual leads. EEG data can also be collected offsite using a mobile BioSemi Active Two setup.

Exclusive studies of cardiac physiology can conducted in an separate laboratory space that is equipped with a BioPac MP150 wireless acquisition system. Data, including ECG, cardiac impedance, respiration, and electrodermal response, can be collected from up to two participants at a time.

Beginning in Summer 2016, we will also be able to collect functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) data using the TechEn CW6. fNIRS data can be collected alone or in tandem with EEG data (Neuralynx, Inc.). 

Biological specimens can be collected and stored in our Fisher Scientific -86 IsoTemp Freezer.