How stress influences attention and learning in children
My research has investigated relationships between physiological stress and early attention and learning. Recently, I have been working on new techniques to model how children's stress states spontaneously fluctuate in real-world naturalistic settings.
- The origins of effortful control: how early development within arousal/regulatory systems influences cognitive and affective control. Wass, S.V. (pre-print).
- How orchids concentrate? The relationship between physiological stress reactivity and cognitive performance during infancy and early childhood. Wass, S.V. (2018). 2018. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 90, 34-49.
How children's stress, attention and learning are influenced by people around them
I investigate how stress and attention emerge as shared states during parent-child interaction by recording brain activity and physiology in parents and children concurrently during free-flowing interactions.
Wass, S.V., Whitehorn, M., Marriot Haresign, I., Phillips, E., Leong, V. 2020. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
Wass., S.V., Smith, C.G., Clackson, K., Gibb, C., Eitzenberger, J., Mirza, F. U. 2019. Current Biology 29(14), 2415-2422.
Wass, S.V., Noreika, V., Georgieva, S., Clackson, K., Brightman, L., Nutbrown, R., Santamaria, L., Leong, V. 2018. PLoS Biology.
Leong, V., Byrne, E., Clackson, K., Lam, S. and Wass, S.V. 2017. Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences. 114 (50), 13290–13295.
How children's stress, attention and learning are influenced by their environment.
These papers examine how noisy and unpredictable early-life environments can affect the early development of cognitive and affective control.
Wass, S.V., Smith, C.G., Daubney, K.R., Suata, Z.M., Clackson, K., Begum, A., Mirza, F.U. 2019. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 60(12):1323-1333.
Wass, S.V., Smith, C.G., Stubbs, L., Clackson, K., Mirza, F.U. (pre-print).
Attention training for children
The research evaluates the use of gaze-contingent attention training paradigms in infants.
Forssman, L. and Wass, S.V. 2017. Child Development. 89 (3) 199-213.
Wass, S.V., Porayska-Pomsta, K. and Johnson, M.H. 2011. Current Biology. 21(18), 1543-1547.
Attention and stress in atypical children
In addition to examining the relationship between physiological stress and attention in typical children, we also study atypical populations, such as children with ADHD and Rett Syndrome.
Scientific Reports . 5 (8284), 1-8.