Development in the moment: Microgenetic analyses of affect and attention.


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  • Speaker: Whitney Mattson, Post-doc, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan
  • Host Department: Psychology
  • Date: 10/27/2014
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Location: 4464 East Hall

  • Description:


    Individual behaviors contain valuable information about development; traditional behavioral measures frequently condense individual behaviors to a single point of data. A microgenetic analysis approach, which relies on many behavioral measurements in a short time, provides interesting new insights into facial affect, visual attention, habituation, and perceptual-motor tasks. This talk will illustrate examples of microgenetic analysis approaches in these areas. Microgenetic analyses can enhance the power of mean-level analyses and also hold the potential for predicting socio-emotional outcomes. How these approaches can be conducted within the context of existing behavioral tasks will also be discussed.


    Whitney Mattson is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, as part of an Institutional Training grant to the Developmental Psychology area from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Miami in May 2014. While there he received the Keith Scott Graduate Research award for excellence in developmental research in Autism. His research focuses on how differences in early social environment impact later socio-emotional and neural functioning.


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