Welcome to the WAVES Laboratory

Developmental Research group


Foundations of Personality: Baby BEAR Study

Join us for our baby BEAR study, where we are studying behavior, emotions, and regulation.

We are recruiting babies from birth to 6 months! The FAU WAVES Emotion Lab invites you and your infant to participate in a study aimed to investigate how babies' emerging personalities may be related to their brain activity.

Participants will receive a gift card for every visit to our FAU laboratory ($50-$100), up to $375 - $450 depending on the number of completed visits.

Participation involves seven “visits” with us between the time your infant is 2 and 24 months of age. We are recruiting infants who were born full term, with no prenatal or birth complications.

Learn more and register for the study .

Welcome to the WAVES Emotion Lab at Florida Atlantic University! The purpose of the WAVES Emotion Lab is to understand the factors that contribute to the development of socio-emotional Wellness during infancy and childhood. Our focus is on investigating the physiological and behavioral underpinnings of Affective development. Recognizing the Value of parental socialization practices, we strive to investigate Emotions that contribute to the development of optimal Socio-emotional functioning.


Current theories and research into brain development note that the frontal lobes continue to develop throughout early childhood. Our goal is to examine the factors that contribute to risk and resilience in the development of emotional response. Individual differences in temperament and social interactive attachments to parents impact the trajectory to emotionally competent functioning during childhood. Our research, funded in part by the National Institutes of Mental Health, is designed to explore and understand the contributors to optimal infant and child development.