Dyadic neural similarity between parents and their children

Dyadic Neural Similarity in Family

Parent-child interaction is an active reciprocal process that includes elements of shared affect, and it plays a major role in children’s psychological adjustment by providing safe and stable psychological supports for developing children. One research question we have is how much children’s brain responses, especially for socially and emotionally ambiguous situations, resemble those of their parents and how much such dyadic neural similarity over childhood and adolescence could explain the developmental and individual differences in brain function related to social and emotional behavior (e.g., perceiving emotion of others and sensitivity for social evaluation and self-evaluation).

development of affective system along the lifespan

Development of Affective System along the Lifespan

A growing body of literature in developmental neuroscience research suggests that the increased risky behaviors in adolescence are due, in part, to imbalanced developmental trajectories of brain circuits between bottom-up affective and top-down prefrontal networks, and thus adolescents exhibit heightened emotional impulsivity and a lack of effective cognitive control. In the lab, we are interested in examining how these two brain systems change along the development process. In particular, our interests are focusing on how the moment-to-moment functional dynamics of the locus coeruleus, as a core arousal system, with prefrontal system including frontoparietal control network leads developing children to different behaviors along the lifespan at both structural and functional levels.


Eva H. Telzer. Ph.D 
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Mara Mather. Ph.D 
Professor of Gerontology and Psychology
University of Southern California
Seung-Lark Lim. Ph.D 
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Missouri, Kansas city
Steven G. Greening. Ph.D 
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Louisiana State University
Sunhyung Kim. Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Woo-Young Ahn. Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Seoul National University
Qu, Yang. Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Study
Northwestern University