The LIFE Lab is primarily focused on three areas right now:

1. Understanding different forms of learning, neural circuitry, and exposure to life challenges. These studies contrast incremental versus habit-based learning. We believe these differences may uniquely explain the negative outcomes seen after adversity.

2. Expanding models of the effects of early adversity. The lab was examined how early stressful experiences may influence how later stress is processed. We are also interested in dimensions of adversity in relation to mental health.

3. Looking at different types of outcomes, namely educational achievement. We are starting new projects examining connections between executive functioning, motivation, and academic achievement. We hope to move this work into a neuroimaging context to understand how the brain contributes to these associations, especially for "at-risk" youth.