Current Funding

Attention as an Early Mechanism of Socioemotional Development

Funding: Social Science Research Institute

Principal Investigator: Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Ph.D.

This two-year study examines the relations between attention and patterns of temperament in infants and toddlers. This new study will bring together systematic measures of attention and temperament over time. We use video, eye-tracking, and heart rate measurements to give greater insight into the infants’ behavior. The study is funded by a grant from the Social ScienceResearch Institute at Penn State University.


Attention training's impact on biobehavioral correlates of behavioral inhibition

Funding: National Institute of Mental Health

Principal Investigator: Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Ph.D.

This five-year study examines the relations between attention and patterns of social behavior and neural functioning. This exciting study will, for the first time, assess these relations before and after a multi-session attention paradigm.


Past Funding

The effects of early temperament on social behavior in adolescence

Funding: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Principal Investigator: Nathan A. Fox, Ph.D.

Co-Investigator: Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Ph.D.

This longitudinal study assesses the temperamental, cognitive, affective, and psychophysiological processes that may influence socioemotional development in young adulthood in a sample of children tracked since infancy. Participants are completing a series of tasks using fMRI at the National Institute of Mental Health. We are also examining factors that help or hinder the transition to college. As such, we are examining issues as varied as their attention bias to threat to their thoughts about romantic relationships


Threat and attention in adolescent anxiety

Funding: National Institute of Mental Health

Principal Investigator: Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Ph.D.

This three-year study will examine potential differences in neural activity (particularly in the amygdala and orbitofrontal cortex) among adolescents who have either been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or who are temperamentally at risk for anxiety disorders.  In addition, the study will examine attentional biases to evocative threatening faces.


Individual differences in deference: Links across cognitive and socioemotional domains

Funding: Jacobs Family Foundation

Co-Principal Investigator: Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator: Vikram Jaswal, Ph.D.

This award from the Jacobs Family Foundation will provide funding for our new study examining individual differences in children's deference to socially communicated information in the cognitive and socioemotional domains.


Early behavioral and psychophysiological correlates of social processing

Funding: George Mason University Faculty Research and Development Award

Principal Investigator: Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Ph.D.

This award from George Mason University will provide funding for our new study of early behavioral and psychophysiological correlates of social processing.


Assessing the molecular genetic links between early temperament and psychopathology in adolescence

Funding: NARSAD

Principal Investigator: Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Ph.D.

This project brings together multiple gene candidates (DRD4, 5HTT, and CRH) with a large long-term longitudinal study of children first selected in early infancy for temperamental vulnerability to behavioral inhibition, shyness, and potentially anxiety.  The children, now adolescents, have been observed over time for individual differences in reactivity, behavioral inhibition, and social functioning.  In this study I will examine   heritable traits (such as temperament and attention) that may underlie anxiety and are potentially more amenable to genetic analysis than anxiety itself.