How do children learn to resist temptation and behave in culturally and socially-appropriate ways? How do parents promote these skills in children? The DESC lab investigates the development of children’s self-regulation in relation to their social interactions with family members, mental health, and cognitive functioning. The lab is currently collecting data in Davis, California and examining how parents’ caregiving and preschool-age children’s screen-time media use influences their self-control. Members of the DESC lab are also working with Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency to address the effects of adverse childhood experiences and childhood trauma on the health and well-being of rural at-risk youth.

Principal investigator of the DESC lab, Dr. Daniel Choe, is a developmental psychologist and assistant professor of human development and family studies at UC Davis.