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Elif Isbell

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Professional Title: 
PhD (Psychological Sciences)

Our research focuses on how children develop the skills that allow them to seek goal-directed behaviors, especially in the face of internal and external distractions.

We study how and when children develop the abilities to:

  • focus on relevant information while ignoring distractions
  • maintain and manipulate information in their minds
  • resist automatic responses that conflict with their goals
  • switch flexibly between relevant rules
  • monitor the outcomes of their actions, especially when they make errors

We aim to:

  • characterize the neurodevelopmental and behavioral changes in cognitive control in early childhood
  • elucidate the mechanisms through which children’s early experiences contribute to cognitive control development
  • delineate the interplay between cognitive control skills and academic development