The Developmental and Psychophysiology Laboratory

One of the main focuses of research in the Developmental and Psychophysiology Laboratory in the Department of Psychology is the study of the relationship between nutrition and cognitive development in infants and toddlers. Dr. Thomas and his collaborators in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Human Development and Family Science at OSU, and at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, have studied Ethiopian mothers and their infants and how micronutrients, and nutritional factors in general, affect cognitive and emotional development. This team has also been funded by the United States Department of Agriculture for a study, entitled Maternal Dietary Nutrients and Neurotoxins in Infant Cognitive Development, carried out in Oklahoma which investigated maternal nutritional emotional factors and how they relate to cognitive development in infants.