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. Psychophysiological measures, operated from the same control room, are collected in an adjacent laboratory room. Electroencephalgram (EEG) data are collected 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 through individual leads. Biological specimens can be collected and stored in our Fisher Scientific -86 IsoTemp Freezer.