Penn State Researcher to Discuss Language and Early Development of Emotion Regulation

Pamela Cole, liberal arts research professor of psychology and human development and family studies at Pennsylvania State University, will speak on “Language and the Early Development of Emotion Regulation on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. in 917 Campus Center.

The talk is part of the Center for research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series.

Cole will address the role of both parental language input and toddler language ability as contributors to the development of emotion regulation by the time a child is preschool age. Cole is widely published in the area of the development of emotion regulation in early childhood and its implications for the development of both child competence as well as child psychopathology. Her work includes attention to cross-cultural variations in emotion and its socialization, and in the underlying role of the young developing brain in response to the child’s emotional environment.

During her visit to campus, Cole will also be consulting with psychology professor Elizabeth Harvey on her project, “A Longitudinal Study of Emotion Regulation in Preschool Children with Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” which she is preparing for submission to the National Institutes of Health. 

Established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson, the lecture series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment.