Welcome to the Developmental Dynamics Lab website! We are located in the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia. The Developmental Dynamics Lab is directed by Dr. Drew Abney.

Dr. Abney is actively recruiting graduate students for the Fall 2021 semester. Graduate candidates from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The lab focuses on how behaviors and social interactions early in development impact developmental trajectories throughout infancy and into toddlerhood.

Studies conducted in the lab use various techniques: from conducting controlled laboratory experiments to free-flowing toy play sessions to collecting daylong multimodal (e.g., vocalizations, body movements, etc.) behavioral data. We are motivated to apply existing techniques from applied computational social science and dynamical systems theory and also develop new computational and analytic methods to understand the dynamics of development during infancy and early childhood.

Research Topics:

sensorimotor development; human interaction; emotion regulation; perception/action; language development

Empirical Methods:

behavioral experiments; motion capture; eye tracking; computational models; corpus analysis of naturalistic behavior; psychophysiological measurements