Childhood and adolescence are times of significant emotional and social change. My research seeks to understand how and why these changes occur, with a focus on how development interacts with individual differences to predict variability in emotional and social behavior. This research is performed at multiple levels of analysis, and involves the use of behavioral, physiological, neuroendocrine, and neuroimaging measures to understand the neurodevelopment of self-regulation and decision making. The Social Affective Neruoscience and Developmental Lab is particularly interested in understanding how early experiences, including exposure to early adversity, alters neurodevelopmental trajectories related to emotion regulation, learning and decision making. While the primary focus of this research is to characterize normative development, Dr. Silvers and the members of the SAND Lab also seek to translate basic scientific findings to special populations who are at risk for emotion dysregulation.