Congratulations to Prof. Amin Sarafraz who was one of the authors of an article that recently appeared in the Frontiers in Psychology Journal, under the research topic “Empirical Research at a Distance: New Methods for Developmental Science.” As Covid-19 affected in-person data collection, this group found an approach for estimating gaze direction and duration collected remotely from webcam recordings by using a combination of OpenFace and machine learning. Read more “Frontiers in Psychology: Remote Data Collection During a Pandemic”
Daniel Messinger, Jacquelyn Moffitt, et al. published a chapter (21) in Oxford Academic’s The Oxford Handbook of Emotional Development titled “Early Interaction: New Approaches.” The chapter focuses on new developments in behavior imaging, objective quantification of human action, and computational approaches to the study of early emotional interaction and development.
Infant attachment is a key predictor of later socioemotional functioning, but it is not clear how parental responsivity to infant expressive behavior is associated with attachment outcomes. A mid-range model of responsivity holds that both unresponsive and highly reactive parental behaviors lead to insecure and disorganized attachment.
In this Developmental Science journal article, Daniel Messinger, Lynn Perry, et al., studied phonemic diversity and how it affects language development in preschool children. Their results highlighted a specific feature of the classroom language environment—phonemic diversity—as a promising correlate of children’s developing language capacities.
A team of psychology researchers observed that young children produce the same amount of language whether or not they are wearing masks. Another finding showed that kids produce more complex speech sounds while wearing masks than without them. Read more “Psychologists: Masks Do Not Impede Preschoolers’ Language Development”
On Friday, September 21st, the CCS Social Systems Informatics program hosted graduate students and postdocs from across the University for an afternoon of networking and flash presentations of their research, at an event titled “Connections, Connections: Student Research in Social Systems @ UM”. A program created in 2015, Social Systems Informatics is about modeling (big) behavioral data to understand human and non-human social interactions. Read more “Report on Student Social Systems Flash Talks”