Traumatic experiences can severely affect the functioning and development of the brain. The way in which traumatic events are encoded can make it more difficult to recall or accurately express emotional memories using verbal reports.
2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium
2011 Meeting of Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR), Boston, MA
2010 Summer Honors Mentorship Fellowship
Presented at: 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium
2013 Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Washington, D.C.
2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium
2012 Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, IL
2011 Summer Research Grant from Psi Chi (officially to have Erin work at Tufts University for the summer)
Published in the APA Journal Emotion, February 2014
Presented at: 2013 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Supported by: 2012 Summer Honors Mentorship Fellowship
Previous explanations of childhood attachment to comfort objects have unsuccessfully focused on pathology, temperament and maternal attachment. Given that comfort objects provide soothing through tactile stimulation and that children differ in sensory processing, this study examined differences in sensory reactivity between children with and children without attachments to comfort object. Twenty-three children completed sensory tasks that measured tactile threshold, tactile preferences and sensory sensitivity.