Winter 2022 Newsletter | Research Highlights

Significant stigma towards individuals with schizophrenia exists, but the importance of different signaling events for mental illness (e.g., irritable/atypical behavior, a written label) in generating stigma remains poorly understood. Across two studies, irritable behavior results in stigma by increasing negative emotions, and a written schizophrenia label results in stigma by increasing the endorsement of harmful stereotypes. Uncovering distinct stigma mechanisms as a function of label and behavior has implications for antistigma interventions. Read full abstract

Heart rate and it’s variability measured from electrocardiograms (ECG) and electrical activity in the brain measured with electroencephalograms (EEG) can show us how the body effects cognition and emotional self-regulation. Similar cardiac and cerebral physiology can exist between parent and child which can give us clues as to how developmental patterns are organized. Is there a developmental shift from 3-9 years of age in the overall pattern of EEG and ECG similarity between children and their mothers? This longitudinal study sampled 171 mothers with their children at ages 3, 6, and 9 using both surveys and cognitive tests taken in a lab. The study showed there was evidence that by age 6 years, child-mother similarity in some physiological indicators had begun to emerge. Also, there was patterns of increasing similarity as children aged.