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Oct. 2 Lecture to Discuss the Preschool Brain

Planning and regulating impulses aren't traits commonly associated with preschoolers, but young minds are hard at work developing self-regulation skills.

Kimberly Andrews Espy will talk about this cognitive work in a lecture, "The Structure and Development of Executive Control in Preschoolers…and Why it Matters," on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building.

Espy is vice president for research and innovation, dean of the Graduate School and a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon. She is a trained clinical neuroscientist and the director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. In her federally funded research, she has pioneered the integration of cognitive neuroscience tools and advanced multilevel growth modeling methods to characterize the normative development of emergent self-regulation skills in young children and infants and identify the antecedents of learning and behavioral disorders in medically at-risk populations. As a co-author of the BRIEF-P, a standardized rating scale to measure the behavioral manifestations of preschool regulatory skills, Espy is active in technology transfer and clinical translational application.

Sponsored by the Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

Information: (802) 656-4773.